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Thousands of workers from the struggling steel industry will protest in Brussels later today (Monday), calling for greater support to keep businesses and jobs afloat.

The protesters, which include Karl Koehler, chief executive of Tata Steel's European operations, want the European Commission to do more to tackle cheap steel from China, which has left the steel industry in the UK in disarray.

Tata Steel recently announced plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs, with reports suggesting that its plant in Port Talbot, where most of the jobs will be cut, is losing more than £1 million per day.

Mr Koehler said: "The situation facing Tata Steel and other European steelmakers is perilous.

"If the European Commission does not take immediate and robust action, thousands of jobs in the industry, and many more thousands in the wider supply chain, will be threatened."

"We are asking for the European Commission to stand up for fair trade and to give European steelmakers a chance to compete on a level playing field," he added.

Small business minister Anna Soubry said: "We are taking action on energy costs, public procurement and industrial emissions at home to help the steel sector, but this is a global problem requiring a global solution."