Britain, we need our steel

Unions call on government to use UK steel on Covid-19 recovery infrastructure projects

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Britain’s three steel unions, Unite, GMB and Community, today (July 9) launched a joint campaign for the future of the steel industry in the UK.

Through the ‘Britain, We Need Our Steel’ campaign, the unions are calling for the infrastructure and investment programme announced by Boris Johnson to aid the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus to use steel produced in Britain to support the industry.

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said, “The UK steel industry is central to any post Covid-19 recovery and rebuild strategy – supporting new infrastructure build from hospitals and schools to rail and energy generation.

“It is ready to provide the steel to renew our naval fleet and transition our auto industry to electric vehicles. UK steel is playing its part in global efforts to green our economy, capturing its emissions and investing in shared technologies to protect the long-term security of our planet.”

UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) managing director Simon Hamilton agreed.

“With steel at the heart of what makes this country great, UKSE wholeheartedly support this important campaign,” he said. “Britain, we need our steel!”

By Ryan Fletcher

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