Key South Yorkshire figures ‘Stand Up For Steel’

MP Sarah Champion joins steel workers and unions at the launch of the Stand Up For Steel Campaign.
MP Sarah Champion joins steel workers and unions at the launch of the Stand Up For Steel Campaign.
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Campaigners standing up for South Yorkshire’s steelworks say it is ‘more important than ever’ to lobby the Government.

Stand Up For Steel was launched at Tata Steel’s site in Aldwarke, Rotherham.

The campaign aims to put pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to lend more support to the steel industry in South Yorkshire and nationwide.

Sean Scorer, campaign lead organiser, said: “It’s more important than ever to Stand Up For Steel.

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, was among those who ‘stood up for steel’ at the launch, alongside steelworkers, councillors and union representatives.

The campaign is asking steelworkers, their friends, family and members of the public to send a postcard to Mr Cameron urging him to act.

Mr Scorer said: “The campaign has been well received by steelworkers.”

The group is lobbying for a compensation package which will help the industry to become more competitive to be brought forward, as well as encouraging employers to work with unions to ‘create a sustainable future for UK steel making’.

The campaign has also forged links with the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team, which has agreed to hold a game to promote the campaign.

Stuart Sansome, chairman of the Multi-Union at Tata Steel said: “The Government needs to take action now if it wants this vital foundation industry to continue and thrive in South Yorkshire and across the UK. Our steelworks is the beating heart of industry in this area.”