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UK Steel Needs Protection From China Dumping

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Union demands Government is not ‘naive and complacent’ as Beijing files complaint with WTO.

Britain’s steel industry must be protected from the fresh danger of Chinese dumping across Europe, demands GMB. 

Beijing yesterday complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about measures used to stop China flooding the EU with cheap steel. 

China’s membership of the WTO meant other markets could help enforce anti-dumping measures against them – but that deal has now expired. 

GMB, the union for steel workers, has called on the Government to protect the UK industry – and not fling open the doors to further dumping on a bilateral trade basis. 

The UK has been cosying up to Beijing by defending them against trade sanctions in EU discussions.

GMB says the Government must not be allowed to sell off the family silver. 

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, said: 

“China says it is protecting its lawful rights and acting to maintain WTO rules. 

“We must not be naive and complacent we all know they have not been playing by the rules. 

“We have seen thousands of our members put out of work and community's destroyed by them dumping steel all over Europe. 

“We once again call for a level playing field. 

“We have been saying all along that China's reforms have fallen way short of expectations resulting in overcapacity all over Europe."


Notes to editors: 

Contact: David Hulse on 07971 266157 or at 



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