Uncertainty Remains Over The Future Of Steel On Teesside
As the fight to save Redcar Steelworks continues after last weeks devastating news, there has been plenty of activity in the last couple of days.
The coke ovens “continue to be maintained” after owner SSI UK’s went into liquidation on Friday. Around 650 staff remained at the plant over the weekend, to manage the site and operate the ovens, which "continue to be maintained" while discussions are ongoing and there
Durham-based company Hargreaves Services confirmed to the Stock Exchange yesterday that it is interested in running the coke ovens and it was willing to support “any viable plan” that sees operations continue. Its plan would see around 400 jobs saved.
Meanwhile, two members of Labour's shadow cabinet were in Redcar yesterday. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle met people affected by the closure of the steelworks at Tuned In and pledged to pressure the Government to take action to ensure Teesside had a steel making future.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said in a tv interview on the BBC's Sunday Politics programme at the weekend that if taxpayers money was put into the SSI plant, it risks being swallowed up by the Thai Banks and he was not prepared to do that.
Meanwhile, some of the Redcar Steelworkers took their fight to the door of the Conservatives at their Party Conference in Manchester on Sunday, joining over 60,000 people demonstrating against the Austerity cuts in a march organised by the TUC.
This week, worshippers from across the area will gather for a #KeepItAlight candlelit prayer vigil at St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Teesville, on Thursday at 7pm. The vigil is the inspiration of Veronica Harnett who works at Redcar & Cleveland MIND and was spurred into doing something after the news that SSI at Redcar was being mothballed. People of all faiths are being invited to attend and show their support for the campaign.