Responding to the news that the UK will not be exempt from new tariffs on US steel imports, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers’ union said:
“This news is disappointing, but sadly not surprising. Donald Trump’s short-sighted strategy will put jobs at risk on both sides of the Atlantic. Instead of attacking its allies like this, the USA should be working in partnership with the UK, the EU and others to jointly tackle the problems of global overcapacity.
“Thousands of people have supported Community and UK Steel’s campaign in the past few days. It is now more important than ever that Theresa May and Liam Fox use every bit of influence they have left in America to protect the jobs of British steelworkers.
“The steel crisis cost our industry thousands of jobs and the last thing we need now is a global trade war. The UK government must work with other EU nations to ensure we do not suffer the global consequences of Donald Trump’s actions.
“Community, the steelworker’s union, will continue to lead the campaign to secure the future of our industry. In the coming days and weeks we will continue discussions with politicians and steelmakers around the world to assess how best we can defend steelworkers jobs.”