Steelworkers at a plant due for closure with the loss of 1,700 jobs will be handed details of redundancy at a meeting later.
Iron and steelmaking at the giant Redcar plant on Teesside is being shut down after Thai owner SSI said it had no other choice because of plummeting steel prices.
Steel from Redcar helped build the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Wembley Stadium and Canary Wharf in London, Roy Ruckhuss, leader of the Community union said, adding: "Warm words and platitudes from the Government are not enough - we need action now."
A task force to help those facing redundancy has been set up by the Government.
Hundreds of families in the North East are struggling to come to terms with the impending closure of the SSI steelworks plant in Redcar.
The government has decided to allow the steel plant at Redcar to fail. A tough decision to make and obviously an unpopular one.
China's economy is slowing, and the aftershocks are being felt as far afield as Redcar.