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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 February 2010

Anger on Teesside over Corus closure

AS THE process of shutting down the blast furnace at Teesside's Corus steel plant began, hundreds of steelworkers, their families and people from the local community turned out. The mood was sombre as 170 years of steelmaking on Teesside came to an end.

Elaine Brunskill

Alongside union banners, homemade placards declaring, "Steelworkers have dignity, Tata & Brown have shame," and a message for Mandelson, "If you have your chequebook come here - If not go home to your ivory tower Mr Mandelson."

Steelworker Mike Guess commented on the speculation that Corus could be bought up by a consortium: "We don't want a venture capitalist taking over - they just want to cut wages, cut workers and sell off our assets. We'll end up with nothing - not even our redundancy pay." ... "The plant should be renationalised, we are a profitable company."

Mike explained that the future looked bleak: "What's on offer? Nothing!" Earlier we were told that an on-site JobCentre Plus had a notice board offering only nine jobs.

Mike continued: "Today is a sad day for the Labour Party. I don't know anyone here who is going to vote Labour."

This mood was reflected in a poll for the local paper which revealed 84% of people don't believe the North-East has benefited from the last 13 years of Labour governments.

Elizabeth English, whose partner has worked at Teesside's Corus plant for around 28 years, said, "There's going to be nothing left around here. It's not just the 1,600 workers directly employed by Corus, there's around 4,000 agency workers, then there's the knock-on effect on the local high street."

She also spoke about the lack of opportunities for young people in the area. "There's no future for young ones. No physical jobs with apprentices - especially for young lads. Young people will be forced to move out of the area."

Bailouts

On Question Time, which was held in Middlesbrough the previous evening, the discussion was dominated by Corus. Members of the audience wanted to know why billions of pounds of taxpayers' money had been used to bail out banks, yet the government was sitting back and letting the steel industry in Teesside die.

Steelworkers' unions are now considering industrial action. The Socialist Party has consistently called on trade unions to defend jobs on Teesside. However, to make these announcements on the eve of shutting down the furnaces is extremely late in the day.

Rather than relying on the outside possibility that some profiteer will step in, Corus should be renationalised and run under democratic workers' control and management.

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