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Community and Daily Mirror expose scandal of foreign steel in Trident submarines

Community
Community
5th October 2016

Working with the Daily Mirror, Community have helped expose the scandal of foreign imports being chosen over British made steel for use in the new Trident submarines.


The full article in the Daily Mirror (read here) exposes how the UK Government awarded the contract to a French steel producer, putting at risk steel jobs in Britain.

 

Responding to the news, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers’ union said:

 

“This government have said time and time again that big infrastructure projects should make the most of British steel, yet here we have the Defence Secretary boasting about cutting steel that was made abroad. It’s a slap in the face to hard pressed British steelworkers.

 

“The Trident submarine successor programme is a fantastic project that will support British manufacturing, but the government need to make sure that wherever possible this project uses British made steel. We produce some of the best steel in the world, and if the Conservatives had developed a proper industrial strategy we could now be taking full advantage of opportunities like this.

 

“Today should serve as a wakeup call for Theresa May that British steel industry needs a government that is willing to get involved and ensure we have the skills and technology to meet the challenges and demands of the future.”