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McCluskey calls on government to save steel industry

The leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, has called on the government to save the steel industry, as hundreds of steelworkers marched through Westminster to highlight the crisis.

The board of Tata Steel is meeting in Mumbai but has yet to draw up a shortlist of potential buyers for its UK assets.

Thousands of jobs are at risk, with the Port Talbot plant in south Wales facing closure if a buyer cannot be found.

The issue still has to be resolved. We want a secure, guaranteed future for a foundation industry that is vital for our nation.

The whole of our manufacturing depends on British steel and I'm pleased that the government appear to be getting that message, but we want to make certain that those warm words are turned into positive action.

– Len McCluskey, Unite

Corbyn joins steelworkers on march through London

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined steelworkers on a march through Westminster to highlight the steel crisis in the UK.

The board of Tata Steel meet in Mumbai on Wednesday to discuss bids for the takeover of its UK assets.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones have traveled to the India city for talks.

Mr Corbyn called on the government to save the industry.

It's the basis of manufacturing economy. It's got to be saved. The government has got to be prepared to intervene.

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader


Workplace dress code row: 'I was just laughed at'

Nicola Thorp, the woman who was sent home from work for not wearing heels, has told GMB she was "laughed at" by her employers for suggesting it was discriminatory not to apply the same rule to men.

The 27-year-old said the policy harks back to at "a very old fashioned image of the 'woman at work'."

She started a petition to make it illegal for for a company to require women to wear high heels at work that has been signed by more than 69,000 people.

This has led to Portico, the reception firm who employed Thorp to work at accountancy firm PwC, to change its dress code policy.

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