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Scunthorpe Rally For Steel Jobs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

GMB Join March And Rally In Scunthorpe On Tuesday 10th November For Action To Save Steel Industry Jobs

We were in Brussels on 9th Nov to calls on Sajid Javid and his European ministerial counterparts to take urgent action to stop the dumping of cheap Chinese steel and we  will report to the rally on what happened says GMB.

GMB members employed at Tata Steel will join a rally and march through Scunthorpe on Tuesday 10th November to protest at the loss of 900 jobs at Tata Steel works. Workers from other steel closure areas in Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland and Teesside will also join the march

The details of the protest are as follows:

Assemble at 12 noon Tuesday 10th November
Church Square,

The march will move off at about 12.35pm and will arrive along the pavement of Ashby Road to the front of the Civic Centre at 13:20pm.

A petition will be presented to Councillor Len Foster, Leader Labour Group on North Lincolnshire Council. The 5,000-name petition calls on the council to reduce the £15.2 million a year rates bill for Tata Steel.

Speaker from approx. 1.35pm are as follows: David Hulse, GMB National Officer for Steel, Roy Rickuss, General Secretary  Community Union, Steve McCool, National officer for Steel, Community Union, Tony Birkitt, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union, Harish Patel, National officer for Steel, Unite the UnionNic Dakin MP and John Mann MP.

Dave Hulse, GMB National officer, said “GMB was in Brussels on Monday 9th November to calls on UK business secretary, Sajid Javid, and his European ministerial counterparts to take urgent action to stop the dumping of cheap Chinese steel, and to work on support measures regarding other issues putting major pressures on the sector. I will report to the rally on what happened in Brussels.

We expect Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, and his counterparts across Europe to make some serious decisions to tackle the major threats facing the industry in  the UK and Europe. We want to see specific measures to help level the playing field, including:

  • increasing the speed and effectiveness of implementing trade defense measures to respond to price crashes in third countries,
  • considering measures to support the industry in relation to the revision of the ETS and rules on carbon leakage
  • assess the impact of energy tariffs and how the negative impact can be remedied
  • a block on granting market economy status to China whilst they continue to dump steel on EU markets, and for a full social and economic impact assessment on the question of granting this status to China to be undertaken.

Sajid Javid cannot come back from this meeting empty handed – and if he does then he will need to have a cracking plan B.  GMB hopes he will learn from other EU countries such as Germany and Italy who have supported the steel sector more actively, as part of a practical industrial strategy, and come back prepared to do the same.

Ministers must recognise that the UK and wider EU steel industry is competitive and productive, and has a highly skilled and experienced workforce that deserves to be supported and protected. They have to put in place the measures to allow us to compete on a level playing field. We can’t do that with our hands tied behind our back.

Ministers must act now to stop the dumping of cheap Chinese steel, help with high energy and emissions costs and Save Our Steel.”


Contact: Dave Hulse 07971 266157 or Kathleen Walker Shaw in Brussels 07841 181549 or Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland on 07885 868405 or Shaune Clarkson, GMB Scunthorpe 07738 767561 or Jeff Beck in Wales on 07980 753 112 or Russell Farrington in West Midlands 07957 266519 or  GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823


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