Hundreds of steelworkers from Britain’s biggest union, Unite, will be joining fellow steelworkers from the Community and GMB unions in a ‘march of the steelworkers’ in London later today (Wednesday 25 May) to remind the government and Tata Steel to ‘Save our Steel’.
The workers from Tata Steel sites across England and Wales will joined by colleagues from the newly formed British Steel and workers from across the industry. The march, through Whitehall past the Houses of Parliament, comes as the Tata board meets in Mumbai later today to discuss the sale of its UK steel business.
Reminding Tata of its promise to be a responsible seller, the workers will also be urging the government to allow the European Union to take tougher action on the dumping of cheap Chinese steel and do more to help with high energy costs and business rates.
Commenting Unite national officer Harish Patel said: “Steelworkers from across the country have taken the day off work to represent their communities in London to ‘Save our Steel’ and remind Tata of its commitment to be a responsible seller.
“They make some of the best steel in world, but can only continue to do so if Tata sells to a buyer who is committed to the long-term and helping secure a sustainable future.
“The government needs to continue to play its part too and build on the promises it’s made by allowing the European Union to take tougher action on the dumping of cheap Chinese steel and ensure a level playing field for UK steelworkers with more help on high energy costs and business rates.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.