Steel union boss urges UK action over Trump Tariff on steel

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Mar 2018

STEEL union boss Roy Rickhuss has written to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox urging him to intervene and ensure the UK is exempt from the proposed 'Trump Tariffs'.

The US president has announced that he intends to impose import levies of up to 25 per cent on US steel imports, which could have a devastating impact on UK jobs.

Community’s general secretary has now led calls for the UK to act ahead of any formal announcement, with 250,000 tonnes exported across the Atlantic annually, valued at £360 million.

In partnership with UK Steel, Roy Rickhuss has written to Mr Fox, fully outlining the concerns of the industry and calling for urgent action to protect the jobs of British steelworkers. Community is now calling on all steelworkers to sign up in support of the letter.

Mr Rickhuss said: “This news is deeply worrying for the UK steel industry. Donald Trump is putting jobs at risk on both sides of the Atlantic. I have written to Liam Fox to demand that he use our ‘special relationship’ with the USA to avoid UK exporters being hit by huge tariffs.

Ironically he has led calls for higher tariffs against imports from the Far East to the UK, and a knock-on effect of a US imposition could be that Chinese steel could again head for Europe.

“We also need our government to work in partnership with other EU nations to ensure steel is not dumped into our markets," he said. "Strong trade defences are crucial to ensuring there is a future for our industry, and post-Brexit cannot be allowed to become a dumping ground for cheap foreign imports.

“I hope every steelworker will now sign up to support our calls and send a clear message the we will not accept Trump’s tariffs, and that out government must stand up for UK steelmaking at home and abroad.”

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