Community, the steelworkers’ union, has today welcomed the action taken by the EU to shield European steelmakers from a fresh wave of steel dumping as a result of Donald Trump’s tariffs.
Responding to the announcement, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“Today’s news will bring some relief to steelworkers who have faced uncertainty since these tariffs were announced. Community has been calling on the UK Government to support necessary EU action to protect our industry and it is important that these measures are fully implemented immediately.
“British steelworkers are clear that protectionism is not the answer, and a global trade war will only put jobs at risk on both sides of the Atlantic.
We marched against Trump’s tariffs last week in London, and our campaign will continue until we have free and fair trade, and a level playing field for our industry.”
The news about the EU safeguards came as British Steel announced a £50m investment in its Scunthorpe rod mill on the back of £21m first quarter operating profits.
Paul McBean, Community NEC member and chair of the multi-union at British Steel, said:
“While we still have a long way to go, investments of this scale demonstrate the great optimism flowing through this company.”
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