You are steeling our work
Fury as Network Rail buy foreign
FOREIGN steel is being used in a key rail project after a local supplier was snubbed.
Network Rail has bought Portuguese reinforcing steel, or rebar, for electrification work on a bridge over the London to Cardiff line in the Welsh capital. Yet the Celsa plant only two miles away makes rebar.
It is the latest blow to the UK industry which the Mirror’s Save Our Steel campaign supports.
MPs who want UK steel for public contracts were tipped off that metal stamped with the imprint of Portuguese firm Megasa was at the site. Labour’s Stephen Kinnock said: “This really is a kick in the teeth for steelworkers across Britain.” Mr Kinnock and fellow MP Stephen Doughty wrote a protest letter to Network Rail chief Mark Carne. Network Rail said: “Ninety six per cent of steel we buy is British. From time to time we may need to source specialist steel in open competition.”
THE definition of economic stupidity must be importing steel from Portugal – 1,000 miles away – for work on a rail line in South Wales, when a nearby Cardiff plant produces the same metal.
And before anybody blames the EU, you can bet this wouldn’t happen in Germany, France, Italy, Spain or, dare we say, Portugal.
The Government needs to show some real mettle and companies need to fly the flag for national businesses instead of exporting jobs.