5,000 steelworkers march on Brussels to call for action to Save Our Steel

16 February 2016

British steelworkers joined 5,000 comrades from around Europe to march on Brussels in protest of the Tory government's lack action to Save Our Steel and to warn the European Commission about cheap imports, especially from China.

The march was attended by steel workers from across Europe who came to warn the European Commission that it must act to prevent dumping of cheap steel from China onto the European market.

The effects of cheap steel have already been felt across in the North East with thousands of jobs lost  as a result of the closure of Teesside steelworks.

Jude Kirton-Darling who joined the march said,

"I'm here with thousands of European steelworkers in the centre of Brussels to send a message to the European commission and the British government to take real action to tackle Chinese dumping in order to save our steel industry.

"6000 jobs across Teesside have been lost as result of the closure of SSI: 2,000 direct and more in the supply chain. We know that there are threats to more jobs at TATA steel works across the UK, in places like Scunthorpe and Port Talbot.

"We are here today calling for our government to stop blocking crucial reforms the would defend British steelworkers' jobs"

"The Tory government are currently blocking a deal to enable EU countries to place higher tariffs on steel imports and thereby save the European steel industry"

"We need our government to stop blocking the tariffs and put its weight behind the modernisation of trade defence instruments that would save jobs."

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