Wednesday 15 February 2017 / 4:40 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Actions matter, and this Government has done nothing to show it will actually support the UK steel industry – Gill Furniss

Gill Furniss MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Steel,
Postal Services and Consumer Protection,
commenting on reports that Tata steelworkers have
voted to accept Tata’s new pension scheme deal, said:

“This was always going to be a
tough decision but we should recognise the fantastic work trade unions have
done in getting the deal that has been accepted today. Thousands of
steelworkers at Port Talbot now have job security for the next five years and
they deserve the certainty that today’s result brings.

“Steel
is a vital foundation industry for the UK. That is why it is important that
today we have got a way forward for the Port Talbot steelworks, and that is why
Labour will keep pressing the Government to give the steel sector the support
it deserves.

“That
means not marking steel ‘low-priority’ in the Brexit negotiations and not
giving steel just one mention in the whole industrial strategy green paper.
Actions matter, and this Government has done nothing to show it will actually
support the UK steel industry.”