Union demands Government is not ‘naive and complacent’ as Beijing files complaint with WTO
Britain’s steel industry must be protected from the fresh danger of Chinese dumping across Europe, demands GMB.
Beijing yesterday complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about measures used to stop China flooding the EU with cheap steel.
China’s membership of the WTO meant other markets could help enforce anti-dumping measures against them – but that deal has now expired.
GMB, the union for steel workers, has called on the Government to protect the UK industry – and not fling open the doors to further dumping on a bilateral trade basis.
The UK has been cosying up to Beijing by defending them against trade sanctions in EU discussions.
GMB says the Government must not be allowed to sell off the family silver.
Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, said:
“China says it is protecting its lawful rights and acting to maintain WTO rules.
“We must not be naive and complacent we all know they have not been playing by the rules.
“We have seen thousands of our members put out of work and community's destroyed by them dumping steel all over Europe.
“We once again call for a level playing field.
“We have been saying all along that China's reforms have fallen way short of expectations resulting in overcapacity all over Europe."
Tory minister ‘more interested in penny-pinching than British jobs and industry’, according to union
A Tory defence minister has refused to commit to using British Steel to build new Royal Navy ships.
Mary Glindon MP asked for an update on the building of Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships in Parliament , and followed up by asking the Minister if he would commit to buying British, asking:
"Would the Minister also commit to the idea of 'Buying British' in defence procurement and guarantee the use of British steel to build the Navy's new RFA ships?"
Defence Minister Rt Hon Mike Penning MP replied: “The report last week  stated that best value for the Navy is what we need to do, and we must make sure that shipyards bid for the work, and in previous times they haven’t bid.
“Let’s see what the bids are that come forward and see who wins.”
David Hulse, GMB National Officer, said:
"Avoiding the question won't help shipbuilding in the UK - building these vessels in UK yards is absolutely vital and whether they are built with British steel shouldn't even be in question.
"Unfortunately, the Minister seems more interested in penny-pinching than UK jobs and industry.
“He needs to guarantee that British ships will be built using British steel and give the industry a much need boost.
"These ships can and should be built in UK shipyards as part of an alliance such as that set up to deliver the aircraft carriers."
 Sir John Parker's report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-national-shipbuilding-strategy-an-independent-report