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First meeting of the Steel Council

The first Steel Council will meet today with government ministers, UK Steel and other representatives and trade unions, to stand up for the future of the industry.

The meeting will look at how to address long-term issues for the steel sector and propose steps to protect producers.

The GMB union says steel industry is vital to the UK, directly employing almost 18,000 people in production and contributing around £9.5bn to the economy.

Last year the SSI plant in Redcar shut with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.


2016 must be 'Teesside's time to rise and rebuild'

Redcar is preparing to spend Christmas without the fire of a blast furnace to warm its economy after the closure of SSI.

But a rallying call has gone out from local politicians, campaigners and redundant steel workers as the community vows to fight on.

Gregg Easteal reports:

SSI jobs fair being held at Riverside Stadium

Boro fans' support for Teesside steelworkers Credit: Paul Harrow photography

More than 80 companies and training providers are headlining the latest jobs and skills fair to help former SSI and supply chain workers find new employment and retraining opportunities.

Middlesbrough Football Club's Riverside Stadium will host the jobs and skills fair between 10am and 3pm today.

Meanwhile steelworkers from across the UK will be travelling to the original 'Steel City' - Sheffield - for a Save our Steel march later

They will be joined by their families and other members of the steelworkers' union, Community.


SSI Steelworkers at EU steel summit demo to 'Save our Steel'

Steelworkers gather in Westminster last month to prevent further job losses in the UK steel industry Credit: PA

Steelworkers affected by the closure of the SSI steel plant in Redcar have travelled to Brussels to urge the business secretary, Sajid Javid and the European Council to take urgent action to stop the dumping of cheap Chinese steel.

Ministers from EU member states are to discuss the challenges faced by the EU steel industry, which has been suffering from falling metal prices, resulting in mass job losses across the country,including 2,000 at the SSI plant in Teesside.

Sajid Javid called for the summit after meeting EU Commissioners last month in Brussels Credit: PA

The meeting comes amid growing pressure on the UK government over its failure to step in to assist the country's crisis hit steel industry, which is being hammered by a flood of subsidised Chinese steel and energy tariffs double that of their European competitors.

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