Ross Murdoch GMB national officer, said:
“UK steelworkers have fought to keep Britain’s steel industry alive in the face of government inaction. They will continue to fight to protect their livelihoods and communities - and British manufacturing, but they need to be given a fighting chance.
“Theresa May and her government can back UK steelworkers with an active industrial strategy that ensures UK steel is at its heart and used in major infrastructure and defence projects.”
Unite national officer for steel Tony Brady said:
“There must be a global solution that deals with countries responsible for overcapacity and the dumping of cheap steel and aluminum. Trump is playing misguided games and it is clear the prime minister and international trade secretary Liam Fox now count for little in Washington. A thirty-day respite from punitive tariffs, whilst welcome, is not the answer.UK steelworkers and steel producers are not the villains. Countries responsible for massive over production, unfair subsidies, dumping and banning imports, such as China, Russia, Indonesia and others are at the heart of the problem.”