Hundreds of steel workers are staging a protest outside British Parliament today as new figures have shown almost 150,000 jobs have been lost in the industry over the past 40 years.

According to the GMB union, between 1981 and 2021, close to 80% of jobs in the entire steel sector have been cut.

“Under this government’s watch, the UK’s proud steel industry is being allowed to wither and die.''

Charlotte Childs, GMB national officer

As reported by The Independent, Charlotte Childs, GMB national officer, said: “Under this government’s watch, the UK’s proud steel industry is being allowed to wither and die. A lack of industrial strategy and no support for crippling energy costs have left the industry at risk of ‘steel dumping’ from overseas. We need action now, or the industry as we know it will cease to exist.”

''In the absence of government backing, we face Britain’s proud history of steelmaking coming to an end.’’

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community, said: “Britain needs its steel industry, our country is made from it – the roads we drive, the bridges we cross, the hospitals that heal us and the schools our children learn in. But the UK government must decide whether it wants a steel industry in this country. In the absence of government backing, we face Britain’s proud history of steelmaking coming to an end.’’

The UK government has faced significant criticism from British based companies including Tata Steel from its apparent lack of investment, with Tata’s CEO, TV Navendran continuing to urge the government to provide a financial package that allows the company to carry out costly decarbonization strategies.

Source: The Independant