Unions launch campaign to fight for UK’s steel industry

by Peter Lazenby

Morning Star | July 09, 2020

THREE unions have joined forces to fight for the future of Britain’s steel industry.

Community, GMB and Unite have launched a “Britain, we need our steel!” campaign.

The unions say that government investment and infrastructure projects to aid economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus crisis must use steel produced in Britain to support the industry.

Community general secretary Roy Rickhuss said: “If the government’s plans to ‘build, build, build’ are to successfully revive our economy and secure jobs in the UK, then they must use Britain’s steel.”

GMB national officer Ross Murdoch called on ministers to ensure that the steel industry receives “the highest priority” to make it a key driver in the country’s economic recovery.

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “The UK steel industry is central to any post-Covid recovery-and-rebuild strategy.

“UK steel is playing its part in global efforts to green our economy, capturing its emissions and investing in shared technologies to protect the long-term security of our planet.”

UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) managing director Simon Hamilton said: “With steel at the heart of what makes this country great, UKSE wholeheartedly support this important campaign.”

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