RISE - Scotland’s Left Alliance, demands action not words to take threatened steel plants into public ownership to prevent their closure. Once again we see people’s lives being driven into chaos as a result of a system where capital rules, and workers and the wider community are left to the scrapheap. It is time to take our steel works into public ownership to save these jobs and generate investment to develop infrastructure that puts people before profit.
A RISE spokesperson said:
“There must be immediate action to take the threatened steel plants in Cambuslang and Motherwell into public ownership to protect highly skilled jobs and these vital industrial assets.”
“The fact that we could be facing the loss of all steel making capacity in Scotland and the loss of the skilled work force that makes it is a graphic illustration of why Scotland cannot continue to allow our future to be determined by the whims of big business and rich men’s profits.”
“While task forces and talks are welcome the bottom line must be that the closure of these plants and job losses are prevented.”
“Scotland as a modern industrial country needs steel and the skills of those who make it. That - rather than short term profit - must be the priority.”
Sean Baillie, a RISE organiser in Motherwell said:
"Only weeks after we find out the regeneration plans for the rest of the old Ravenscraig site have been shelved, we find out today Tata steel have confirmed 1200 job losses including 270 across their facilities in Scotland . With 1,670 claiming jobseekers in Motherwell and Wishaw alone at the end of last year, 158 thousand people unemployed in Scotland and over 20% of children living in poverty. Can we really afford to allow this to happen at a time when the area is still waiting on the investment and regeneration that’s been promised for over 20 years now?"