Despite the sub zero temperatures there was an excellent turn out at the Right to Work/North East Shop Stewards Network meeting in Dormanstown Redcar last night.
Chaired by Alan Docherty secretary of Teeside NESSN ,the meeting heard from Hannah Walters YFJ and UNISON NEC and Yunus Bakhsh speaking on behalf of the Right To Work.
Alan read out a message of support from two Corus workers from Scunthorpe who due to shifts and the atrocious weather conditions were unable to make the meeting.In the audience were a number of Steelworkers a good proportion of whom were union activists involved in the on going fight to save the plant.
The meeting heard that negotiations were continuing and that the unions had not given up the fight. The key date being January 27th when the Furnace is due to be ‘tapped’ as part of the mothballing process. It was clear that many feared that after that date the plant would close permanently.
Other trade unionists present offered support and solidarity which was warmly accepted by the steelworkers. A serious discussion ensued about the type of action which would be needed if the jobs were to be saved,this included the idea of occupation along the lines of the occupation at Waterford Glass in Ireland or the occupations at Visteon and Vestas.
There is the possibility of a further march and activists discussed a mass leaflet of the plant before the furnace is tapped.
The meeting showed there is a world of difference between those who ‘talk’ about resisting the jobs massacre and those who try to do something about it