Belfast Telegraph

UK workers to join march in Brussels in protest against cheap Chinese steel

UK steelworkers will be joining a huge march through Brussels on Wednesday to demand action to defend their industry.

Workers from across Europe will take part in the demonstration, taking place against a backdrop of continuing uncertainty over the future of Tata plants in the UK.

Unite national officer Harish Patel said: "Unite members from Tata Steel and British Steel in Scunthorpe will be marching shoulder to shoulder with their European counterparts to demand action against the dumping of cheap Chinese steel.

"With the UK steel industry in continued turmoil and the added uncertainty of Brexit in the mix it is vital that the UK government supports action to halt the flood of cheap Chinese steel and secures tariff free access to the single market in Brexit negotiations. A failure to do so will leave a key foundation industry of our economy hanging by a thread.

"Ministers must also make good on their promises of supporting the UK's steel industry through these tough times by pursuing an active industrial strategy which sees them insist on using British steel for infrastructure and defence projects.

"Thousands of UK jobs and a core industry still hang in the balance with the steel crisis still very much far from over. Steelworkers have had misery heaped upon uncertainty and have been forgotten about by the UK government."