1,000 steel workers expected to take part in march after job loss announcement

Tata steel works, Scunthorpe.
Tata steel works, Scunthorpe.

North Lincolnshire Council’s Civic Centre public car park will temporarily close tomorrow, Tuesday November 10, as the ‘Save our Steel’ national campaign march makes its way to the Scunthorpe venue. This follows Tata Steel’s announcement last month of 900 job losses in Scunthorpe.

The car park will close between 6am and 2.30pm.

Around 1,000 steel workers and their families from Scunthorpe and other affected steelwork sites across the UK are expected to take part in the march. It starts from Church Square in Scunthorpe at 12 noon.

The march will end at the Civic Centre (Central Park) where it is believed a petition will be presented to Councillor Len Foster, leader of the Labour Group at North Lincolnshire Council.

The meeting of the full council takes place Tuesday November 10 at the Civic Centre at 2pm.

The first item on the agenda is a joint motion by the leader of the council, Cllr Liz Redfern and leader of the Labour Group Len Foster urging everyone to work together to support steelworkers facing redundancy through the recently established Task Force, and call on the Government to work with the EU to ban the import of sub-standard and less than market value steel and steel products.

NLC chief executive Simon Driver said: “The visitor car park will be closed to the public on Tuesday until mid-afternoon. We have put the necessary arrangements in place to inform those affected, to help minimise inconvenience. Alternative parking is available off Kingsway, close to the Civic Centre. Staff will be directing people to where people can park. But if at all possible, if you don’t need to come to the Civic Centre on Tuesday, it may be best avoiding the area.”