Vote on EU action to save steel industry and protect UK jobs passes
16 December 2015
Local Euro MP Linda McAvan voted today for a report calling for EU action to tackle the crisis in the steel industry. The report calls for a level playing field and action against dumping by countries like China selling subsidised steel at below the market price, or exporting it at below the cost of production.
Linda McAvan said “The government’s inaction to assist the steel industry is creating serious problems. It has failed to take tough against unfair trade practices and refused to apply for EU funds to help retrain those facing job losses in retraining and business set up”.
The UK steel sector faces serious challenges through a combination of rising steel prices and an influx of cheap Chinese steel and increasing energy costs. The impact of this is being strongly felt in Yorkshire with the confirmation last week of 720 redundancies at Tata Steel in Rotherham and Stocksbridge, on top of the 900 job losses announced in Scunthorpe back in October.
Linda went on to say “We must ensure that we work with governments across Europe to provide a future for the steel industry in the EU”.
This week Labour MEPs met with the EU Commissioner for Trade to discuss the steel crisis. Labour MEPs also met with representatives of steel workers including from TATA steel, EU trade union representatives and MEPs from across the EU.