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21 Nov Sheffield Steel Rally

Thursday, November 19, 2015

GMB Join Save Our Steel Rally In Sheffield City Hall On Saturday 21st November

GMB, the union for steel workers, is taking part in a mass rally for steelworkers and their families in Sheffield on Saturday November 21st at the City Hall.

The details of the protest are as follows:

Doors open at 1pm Saturday 21st November

Rally starts 2pm

Sheffield City Hall,

Irwin Mitchel Oval Hall,

Sheffield S1 2JA

Those attending will be welcomed by a steel band and the bar will be open for people to buy refreshments. There will also be face painting/balloon making for kids.

Speakers include Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary Elect, Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss, Community General Secretary,  MPs and steel shop stewards.

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, said “the steel industry in the UK is in real crisis, with massive job losses taking place with the closure of the SSI plant in Redcar, redundancies in Tata Steel in Scunthorpe and the potential closure of the plants in Scotland on top of job losses which will take place in Rotherham and redundancies and closures in Caparo Industries.

ThIs rally is another step in the steel unions campaign to save jobs and force the Government to take action.

Make no mistake, if the unions had not mounted such a campaign, the Government and in particular the Secretary of State at BIS would not have called the Steel Summit, would not have gone to Brussels to meet with the EU on the crisis - their plan was to wring their hands and hope it would all go away.

Well, they were wrong steel workers will not accept PR stunts as a substitute for real action. The lobby of Parliament, the recent rally and march in Scunthorpe and the demo in Brussels have helped galvanise steelworkers to fight back to save our steel.

We want to see specific measures to help level the playing field, including:

  • increasing the speed and effectiveness of implementing trade defense measures to respond to price crashes in third countries,
  • considering measures to support the industry in relation to the revision of the energy rules for heavy industry and rules on carbon leakage
  • assess the impact of energy tariffs and how the negative impact can be remedied
  • a block on granting market economy status to China whilst they continue to dump steel on EU markets, and for a full social and economic impact assessment on the question of granting this status to China to be undertaken.

Ministers must act now to stop the dumping of cheap Chinese steel, help with high energy and emissions costs and Save Our Steel.”

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Contact: Dave Hulse 07971 266157 or Kathleen Walker Shaw in Brussels 07841 181549 or Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland on 07885 868405 or Shaune Clarkson, GMB Scunthorpe 07738 767561 or Jeff Beck in Wales on 07980 753 112 or Russell Farrington in West Midlands 07957 266519 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

 

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