Save Our Steel
The UK’s steel industry is in crisis. Our steel jobs could be lost unless the government acts now to save it.
It’s vital we keep up the fight to save jobs – and save our steel.
Let’s make our voices heard.
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Over 5,000 steel jobs could be gone in the space of weeks and the entire industry, which employs 30,000 people, could be gone in a year.
The light on Redcar, the steel mill that produced the steel for Sydney Harbour bridge, has been snuffed out. When Tata’s Motherwell and Cambuslang plants shut it will it will be the first time since the industrial revolution that no furnace has operated in Scotland. With 900 jobs at Tata in Scunthorpe set to go and Caparo Industries in administration the industry is at crisis point.
The communities that rely on these plants will not recover. Local towns have already been hit hard by cutbacks at plants. The government cannot continue to sit back and do nothing. It needs to act and it needs to act now.
The steel and metals industry delivers £95bn of the country’s GDP, an estimated £12bn in taxes and levies and £7bn in wages and NI contributions to the exchequer. A flood of Chinese subsidised steel is being dumped on the market sending global prices tumbling and fuelling the crisis.
The government must stop sitting on its hands and act now to stop the steel meltdown and save our steel.
Four things the government must do now:
Cut business rates for the steel industry immediately with a fairer system of valuation.
Give the steel industry a break from green taxes and high energy bills.
- Take urgent action to stop the dumping of cheap Chinese steel.
- Make a commitment to use British steel for all major infrastructure and construction projects and all government backed contracts should look to use British-made steel.