Hundreds of steelworkers and their families from steel communities across the UK will be travelling to Sheffield this Saturday (21 November) for a national ‘Save our Steel’ rally.
The rally, organised by steel unions, Community, GMB and Unite the union, comes amid a growing crisis in the UK’s steel industry which has seen thousands of job losses announced in recent months.
In addition to the closure of SSI in Redcar and the collapse of Caparo, Tata Steel plans to cut over 1,100 jobs in Scunthorpe and Scotland on top of 700 job losses it announced earlier in the year in Rotherham and South Yorkshire.
Hosted by Kevin Maguire, associate political editor of the Daily Mirror, speakers at the rally include steelworkers and politicians from Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland, Lincolnshire and Teesside, in addition to union leaders, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community, Tim Roache, GMB general secretary elect and Frances O’Grady general secretary of the TUC.
Media are welcome at the event and can find out more by contacting Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . For an up to date line up of speakers at the rally please check: http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/save-our-steel/
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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Notes to editors
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.