Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Must Save Steel and Our Kids' Future

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Must Save Steel and Our Kids' Future

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SADLY I heard the news on Monday of the mothballing of the "Blast" at Redcar and the loss of 1,700 jobs. It is not just the loss of the jobs but the loss of a future for our children and their employment prospects. We have heard of the reason why the steel could not be made at a price that would enable it to sold but we must also realise that this is an important component in the manufacturing fabric of our country and it need to be made a special case.

When the turnaround comes, as it will because steel is a cyclic industry in the price of steel, we need to be in a situation to produce more of the great quality steel we are known for around the world; and that needs a working blast furnace that can meet the demands of a rising market not only abroad but here in Britain. We cannot afford to lose the skills built up over nearly two centuries for the sake of saving a short-term blip in the industry. …

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