The world’s first global union has called for more government intervention to support the steel industry in the countries where steel workers are facing job losses because of globalisation.

Workers Uniting is a partnership between Unite – the union from the UK and Ireland – and the United Steelworkers, from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Globalisation compounded by the world recession is causing massive job cuts in the UK and USA and requires governments to actively intervene to support industry, skills and jobs.

Unite the union is urging the UK government to keep a steelmaking infrastructure in Teesside, UK after Corus announced it was cutting 1700 jobs. It said Germany was a fine example of a country that supports its industry, even during the tough economic times.