Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, responding to today’s announcement by Tata of job losses, said:
“This is devastating news for all of the workers, their families and the close-knit communities affected.
“Local Members of Parliament, trade unions and others are doing all they can to assist those impacted by today’s announcement and working to put the steel industry on a sustainable footing for the future.
In an urgent call for decisive action from both the UK government and EU Commission within days, Angela Eagle said:
“Labour has long called for David Cameron’s government to take immediate action to help the steel industry, but they’ve sat on their hands while the industry has descended further into crisis.
“Vital reform of EU trade defence instruments for example has been blocked by number of countries, principally led by this Tory government. At a high-level meeting with senior representatives of the European Commission in Brussels last week, I made my frustration at the lack of action - specifically with regard to the surge of imports of steel rebar from China - absolutely clear.
“Only by taking immediate and decisive action, not least by fully engaging at an EU level, can the government make sure our steel industry survives so that it can benefit from planned infrastructure spending. If this doesn’t happen urgently, the Tories’ laissez-faire attitude to our steel industry could lead the downturn into a death spiral."