Thousands likely at Save our Steel rally

Tata Steel is planning to cut 720 jobs mainly at its plant in Rotherham Pic:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Tata Steel is planning to cut 720 jobs mainly at its plant in Rotherham Pic: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Thousands of steel workers from around the country could attend a national Save our Steel rally in Sheffield this weekend.

Coaches of people are to be shipped in from South Wales, Teeside and Scunthorpe as part of the event at Sheffield City Hall on Saturday November 21 from 2pm to 5pm.

It has been set up in the wake of Tata Steel confirming that it is set to shed thousands of jobs across the country, 550 of them in South Yorkshire, due to energy prices and competition in China.

Doug Patterson, from union Unite, encouraged people to attend.

He added: “ Everybody in Sheffield will know somebody or have a family member who is employed in the steel industry or at companies connected to it.

“The risk to jobs in South Yorkshire is not just at Tata but everyone who works in the industry.”

The rally has been organised by Unite jointly with other unions.

It will include speakers such as MPs, trade union officials and steel workers.

A steel band will play and there will also be free face painting on the day.

Mr Patterson added: “Speakers will talk about the problems facing the industry which have a huge impact on the jobs in South Yorkshire and we have got coaches coming from South Wakes, Teeside and Scunthorpe as well.

“It is a national rally that just happens to be being held in Sheffield.”

He said that there would be hundreds ‘if not thousands’ of people at the event.

A similar march was held in Scunthorpe earlier this month. Visit www.unitetheunion.org for more details.