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Unite welcomes first anniversary of British Steel but ...

Unite welcomes first anniversary of British Steel but challenges remain

01 June 2017

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has welcomed the positive figures announced today (Thursday 1 June) by British Steel on the first anniversary of the company’s creation.

Unite national officer for steel, Harish Patel, said: “We welcome the positive results produced by British Steel and our members are feeling much more secure today than they did a year ago.

“British Steel now needs to build on its initial success by properly investing in its skilled workforce.

“However despite the positive results there remain serious challenges. The problem of China dumping cheap steel into the European market is a key issue. The failure of the European Union to take action to tackle this problem is very worrying.

“On a local and national level the government’s failure to support the steel industry and its lack of an effective industrial strategy is absolutely reprehensible. The government should be investing in British Steel’s future by providing relief on business rates, while also providing financial incentives to encourage research and development.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.