British steel workers from various parts of the country held a "Save our Jobs" demonstration in London on Monday (19 May) against proposals for widespread redundancies in the industry.
GV & SVs Scottish contingent arriving at night, waving banners & singing(4 shots))
MV & CVs Scottish contingent marching by day through London, bagpipes in background(3 shots))
GV Police PAN TO demonstrators
SV Leaders enter building
GV INTERIOR Benn walking to microphone as delegates applaud(2 shots)
SV Benn speaking SOF STARTS: "The steel workers..." SOF ENDS: "... are made."
TRANSCRIPT: "The majority of the demonstrates came from Scotland this morning in two specially charted trains. There were around eleven hundred of them from seven steel works in the Motherwell area, that have had to close down for the day, Their protest march through central London was led by steel works pipe band and included several hundred workers from plants in other parts of the country. With them they carried a huge steel statue of a foundryman as a mascot. Many of the four hundred police on duty were stationed outside the Steel Corporation's headquarters, where the marchers passed noisily but peacefully by. Their leaders were allowed inside with a letter calling for the constructive modernisation of the industry. Later, the men went to Central Hall, Westminster, where they gave a warm reception to the Industry Secretary, Mr. Benn."
"The steel workers elected a Labour Government in February of last year to look after the interests of the steel industry and those who were in it, and while I remain Secretary of the State I'll safeguard those interests as best I can. And I make no apologies to you -- no apologies to the press, who are gathered around in front of this meeting -- for being concerned about jobs in the steel industry, jobs in the motor industry,or jobs in the shipbuilding industry, because one thing is clear -- two things are clear -- no one can guarantee that every man will keep his job, but we will not go back to the Nineteen Thirties again, and one of the reasons why this meeting here today is important is that it should be clear that people today quite rightly feel they are entitled to be brought into meaningful consultations before decisions that affect their lives are made.
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Background: British steel workers from various parts of the country held a "Save our Jobs" demonstration in London on Monday (19 May) against proposals for widespread redundancies in the industry.
They timed their march to coincide with talks between the British Steel Corporation and trade union leaders on proposal that would put 20,000 men out of work.
representatives of the workers were allowed in the Corporation headquarters to hand a letter to the management voicing their protest.
The Industry Secretary, Mr Anthony Benn, later spoke to workers at a meeting and assured them that, as long as he was in the job, their interests would be safeguard.
He emphasised that before any final decision is taken, there must be talks among the Corporation, trade union leaders end the Government.