GMB DEMANDS A STRONG EU RESPONSE TO UNFAIR US STEEL TARIFFS IN ORDER TO PROTECT UK JOBS
During the Bombardier crisis the UK’s Government response was frankly pathetic - GMB now calls on Ministers to redeem themselves by lobbying the EU on behalf of UK Steel jobs and communities.
GMB, the union for steel workers, is demanding a strong EU response to President Trump’s announcement unfair tariffs on imported steel.
Mr Trump tweeted that the US had been "decimated by unfair trade and bad policy" and added steel imports would face a 25% tariff and aluminium 10%. 
GMB had recent first-hand experience of Trump's 'America First' policy as Boeing’s claim against Bombardier went all the way to the International Trade Commission (ITC) before ultimately failing.
Thousands of UK Manufacturing jobs were on the line during the Bombardier crisis – and the President’s latest protectionist tariffs could do the same again.
Ross Murdoch GMB National Officer for steel, said:
"Once again we see a Trump led strategy in the US that is neither fair nor justified and has the real potential for putting thousands of EU steel jobs at risk.
“GMB has campaigned long and hard to avoid the unfair dumping of cheap steel from outside Europe and has always argued that fair competition under WTO rules is fair for all.
“We have been successful with this, however, this current ill thought out "trade wars are good" backed strategy from the US President once again poses threats to steel workers.
“We will campaign alongside sister trade unions and other stakeholders to assist the European Commission on this issue in the interest of safeguarding jobs and preserving market stability.
“During the Bombardier crisis the UK’s Government response was frankly pathetic.
"GMB now calls on Ministers to redeem themselves by lobbying the EU on behalf of UK Steel jobs and communities.”
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