This week, General Secretary Roy Rickhuss and Operations Director Alasdair McDiarmid met with Wes Streeting from Labour’s Shadow treasury team to discuss issues in the steel industry as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Following the meeting, Roy Rickhuss said:
“We had a positive meeting with Wes and his team looking at the support the steel industry will need to whether the storm of the current coronavirus pandemic. The Shadow team listened to our concerns about liquidity in the sector, credit insurance, short-term working and Government messaging around essential workers. We have every faith in Wes’ team to join us in representing these concerns to Government, with the intent of securing additional support for the industry.”
“We also discussed how the support measures that are in place will need to be repurposed and made more flexible if they are to support industry to move out of this crisis and begin to rebuild the economy. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in particular, will need to include support for short-term working if steel companies are to be able to retain their workforces’ skills following the crisis.”
“It’s vital that, as they did in the introduction of support measures at the beginning of the crisis, Government work with trade unions and employers to ensure the best possible outcomes for workers, business and ultimately, our economy.”
The union is also part of ongoing and regular dialogue with civil servants and government ministers regarding the key issues affecting Community’s members.