Friday 14 September 2018 / 12:50 PM Uncategorised

The Government has failed to prevent these steel job losses

Gill Furniss MP, Labour’s Shadow Steel Minister, responding to news that British Steel plans to cut 400 jobs, said:

“This is extremely worrying news. Workers at British Steel fought against the odds to defend the company’s future, even though the Government has refused to properly support the steel industry.

“Workers will see this as another blow to an already fragile situation and will worry it’s a prelude to further job losses.

“The Government has failed to support steel. They have failed to stand up to Donald Trump’s aggressive policies, which threaten our industry. And they have failed to produce a steel sector deal or address the vital issues facing steel companies, such as the disproportionately high electricity prices that hamper growth and investment.

“The next Labour government will take action to prevent other countries dumping cheap steel imports in the UK. We will invest heavily in R&D and encourage investment in steel so that it can compete and thrive globally and take full advantage of the opportunities available.’’