Steelworkers march for jobs

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Thousands of steelworkers and their families marched on Teesside yesterday in a campaign to save one of the region's major employers.

The Corus steel plant in Redcar is at risk of closure after a consortium of companies pulled out of a 10-year contract to buy its steel. Unions, who organised the "Save Our Steel" march, fear 2,000 jobs will be lost, and are hoping the Government may step in to help.

Bob Bolam, regional officer for Unite, said: "This is not a protest. What we want is the Government to get involved to ensure that steel production on Teesside is maintained."