[2020] Motion 14 Britain, We Need Our Steel

carried motion
Carried motion

Received from:

Congress notes and endorses the joint union campaign Britain, We Need Our Steel. Congress recognises that steel is a great British industry that is essential to our economy and way of life. Congress further recognises steel is a strategic foundation industry vital to the supply chain for crucial sectors like automotive, aerospace, construction and defence.

Congress notes that our steel sector makes an economic contribution of more than £5bn a year and supports tens of thousands of high-quality jobs in parts of the country that need them most. Congress believes that while steel has an illustrious heritage it is as important now as it has ever been because rebuilding our economy will require millions of tonnes of steel and the passion and skill of our world class steelworkers. Congress further believes that as the country charts a new course we must retain and develop our sovereign steelmaking capacities and that a green British steel industry is fundamental to a low-carbon future.

Congress firmly believes that with government backing, responsible ownership and public support, this great British industry will continue to deliver for our country for many generations to come. Congress calls on the General Council to support the campaign and lobby government to:

i. act to ensure our infrastructure is built with our steel

ii. intervene to support industry and stimulate steel demand

iii. implement trade arrangements that are fair and friction-free

iv. create a level playing field so we can compete

v. develop an industrial strategy with steel at its core.