First 'Steel Council' Meeting

2 March 2016

The union GMB will attend the first meeting of the Steel Council with government ministers, UK Steel and other representatives and trade unions today.

The meeting will look at how to address long-term issues for the steel sector and propose steps to protect the industry.

This meeting comes on the back of 1,200 Tata redundancies in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire.

The steel industry directly employs almost 18,000 people in production and contributes around £9.5bn to the economy.

Dave Hulse, GMB national officer, said: ''We are looking for real progress being made with the formulation of this new group.

''Since the steel summit in October 2015 things have been moving at a very slow pace.

''We have gone from crisis to crisis and really need to see action now, otherwise GMB fears for the long-term future of the steel industry.''


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