MP signs char­ter to sup­port steel in­dus­try

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

LLANELLI’S MP Nia Grif­fith signed the UK Steel Char­ter at a re­cent event in Par­lia­ment. The char­ter, or­gan­ised by the steel in­dus­try trade body, sets out a se­ries of prac­ti­cal steps that can be taken to sup­port UK steel pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing sourc­ing qual­ity steel from lo­cal sup­pli­ers.

Ms Grif­fith ex­plained: “UK steel is fac­ing a per­fect storm of a lack of sup­port from the UK Gov­ern­ment, or­ders dry­ing up due to seem­ingly end­less Brexit un­cer­tainty, cheap steel im­ports from China and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tar­iffs. The re­cent news about the col­lapse of Bri­tish Steel will be of great con­cern to work­ers at Port Tal­bot and Trostre, whose plants face sim­i­lar chal­lenges.

“MPs from steel com­mu­ni­ties are do­ing what we can to fight back and get more sup­port for the steel in­dus­try. We met with trade unions and steel com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives last month to launch the UK Steel Char­ter, which aims to sup­port the in­dus­try. I am pleased that the Welsh Gov­ern­ment has signed up to this, and I would en­cour­age all lo­cal busi­nesses and coun­cils to do so.”

The UK Steel Char­ter is an ini­tia­tive aimed at max­imis­ing the amount of UK-pro­duced steel used in UK con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture projects. With just over half of the steel pur­chased for UK con­struc­tion projects cur­rently com­ing from abroad, the po­ten­tial to pur­chase more steel from UK pro­duc­ers is sig­nif­i­cant and would boost steel pro­duc­tion, sup­port steel jobs and com­mu­ni­ties, strengthen manufactur­ing sup­ply chains, and in­crease UK GDP.

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