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GMB Backs 12,000 Workers Taking To Brussels Streets In Protest At Steel Dumping

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

British union backs steel workers from across Europe on Steel Action Day to save industry

GMB, the British union for steelworkers, is backing the action of 12,000 steel workers from across Europe who are taking to the streets of the EU quarter of Brussels today (Wednesday 9 November) to demand an end to Chinese steel dumping.

The union is joining the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), together with sectoral trade union industriAll Europe, to urge Trade Ministers to adopt robust anti-dumping measures to protect European jobs and industry from unfair, subsidised competition, ahead of a ministerial meeting on Friday 11 November.

Trade unions have been calling on Ministers to carry out a comprehensive reform of trade defence instruments (TDIs) for more than two years.

The European Parliament amended the current trade defence system to impose stiffer duties on dumped or subsidised imported goods if the exporting third country “does not have a sufficient level of social and environmental standards”. However, the Member States did not accept this proposal and the reform has been stuck in the Council for over two years.

GMB warned trade ministers of the urgency to effectively tackle unfair trade practices from countries like China, to save jobs in Europe.

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer said:

“This demonstration in Brussels is all about a level playing field for the UK steel industry. What we want is fair trade and for the dumping of Chinese steel to cease.

“GMB, along with our colleagues from all over Europe will join together to show our anger at the lack of support from the UK government and Brussels.

“If the UK government doesn't wake up soon then we will end up with the biggest crisis that the UK manufacturing sector has seen. We have to make sure that the UK steel industry is aggressively tendering for major infrastructure projects and that they are fully supported by government in government.

“Our members are made of steel and will keep campaigning till they get what they are due.”

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Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

For information about the protest European Action Day - No Europe Without Steel - http://industriall-europe.eu/news/list3.asp?stid=482

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