Community’s spirited boost for steelworkers memorial fund

STEEL SUPPORT: Union president Dougie Fairbairn (second left) and NEC member Pat Donnelly (centre) present the cheque to fund chairman Terry Currie and trustees Tommy Brennan and John Scott.
STEEL SUPPORT: Union president Dougie Fairbairn (second left) and NEC member Pat Donnelly (centre) present the cheque to fund chairman Terry Currie and trustees Tommy Brennan and John Scott.
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Plans to erect a memorial to Scottish steelworkers on the site of the former Ravencraig plant have been given a massive £20,000 boost.

The Community trade union has made the donation to the Scottish Steelworkers’ Memorial Fund which aims to raise the cash need for a memorial statue to commemorate the thousands of people who died working in the Scottish iron and steel industry.

The union, which represents the majority of steelworkers in Scotland, was delighted to the fund which was launched in 2012 under the Supercounty Lanarkshire Civic Pride Campaign banner.

Union president Dougie Fairbairn, who presented the cheque, said: “Community is delighted to fully back the proposal to honour those who lost their lives in the Scottish Iron and Steel Industry.

“The industry was a massive powerhouse in Scotland up until the fairly recent past, both in terms of its contribution to the economy, and as a major employer.

“That contribution came at a price and it’s right and proper that we honour those who lost their lives throughout the country. We are looking forward to seeing the memorial unveiled on the former Ravenscraig site in the spring.”