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Corus - Past, Present and Future

Corus workers march through Redcar
Corus workers march through Redcar

On Saturday, 18 July, around 2,000 people gathered on Redcar's Majuba Road, in the shadow of Teesside steelworks.

The met to march through the town in protest at the planned closure of the plant.

More workers and local people joined the march as it made its way through the town.

Some of those taking part spoke to BBC Tees about what had made them turn out on a wet Saturday afternoon.

Ron Taylor - Teesside Beam Mill
Ron Taylor
Ron Taylor

"It's the heritage of Teesside, I think. I mean, my father and my great grandfather were in the steel mills.

"I hope that the young ones will still be able to work in the steel mills.

"We've been through bad times before, but it's ridiculous, this.

"The banks are getting all the money and it's about time this government woke up to the fact that manufacturing is going down the hill and steel is the future of manufacturing."

Ian Yeoman - Boil Yard Plater
Ian Yeoman and Mike Parker
Ian Yeoman and Mike Parker

"We're marching to try and get the message across and try to save TCP and the rest of the Corus plants around here that are struggling. Everybody's disillusioned.

"I'd like to see the government step in like governments abroad have done, just to see what can be done.

Miles Parker - Team leader, Skinningrove Works
Steel march in pictures
Corus workers march through Redcar

"I was contracted first for Corus for ten years, then I've been on another ten years.

"It's very down at the moment with the orders and stuff that we're getting and we've just made a few people redundant and we're just very down at the moment."

Miles said, though, that in spite of the desperate position, there is still a will to fight to the end. "There's a lot of people got quite a lot of passion about it and the fight will go on.

"It's been under threat before, the steel industry, and they've chipped away and chipped away at it, but this time it's really bad, what's going to happen to it and it looks like it's going to close down."

Ian Welch - Retired steelworker
Ian Welch
Ian Welch

"I spent 35 years in the business. I think it's a great industry and it's just a shame that it's possibly going down."

I think the recession hasn't helped, but at the same time I think it's a real shame that an industry that's producing very good steel at the moment is just left to go its own way and I hate to see it collapse."

Peter Watson - Research physicist
Peter Watson
Peter Watson

"The money is in the raw materials these days and I think all the raw materials are in places like Brazil, China, Australia, South Africa and so the industry is moving, I think from Western Europe to the cheaper producers elsewhere in the world.

"That's the overall trend that's taken place over a number of years, but I think Teesside has still got its place in terms of producing specialised steel, which they do, and which a lot of these countries can't yet produce.

"It's only got a limited lifespan, but it's still got a few years yet, I think."


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