USSK to join protest in Brussels

Workers of U.S. Steel Košice will join a march on February 15 to show support for fair trade and against Chinese dumping.

(Source: Courtesy of USSK)

Almost one hundred workers of the steelmaker U.S. Steel Košice (USSK) will participate in a protest of employers and employees of the European steel industry planned in Brussels for February 15.

“Members of the management, representatives of trade unions and employees of various departments, who want to show their opinion also this way, will go there,” said Ján Bača, spokesperson of USSK as cited by the SITA newswire, adding that USSK president Scott Buckiso will attend the protest too.

Representatives of industrial companies from the EU, by way of protest, seek to support fair trade, growth and jobs in Europe. They will also protest against granting a market economy status to China and Chinese dumping.

EUROFER, the European Steel Association, has officially joined the protest and it is expected that over 5,000 people will march on February 15. Of this total, a significant portion should arrive from steel mills from more than 15 EU member countries.

“I am pleased that I will help everyone in USSK and the steel industry to communicate our message to Brussels,” said Buckiso as cited by SITA, adding that what they want are equal conditions for doing business in order to show that they would succeed under conditions of fair competition.

Dumped steel imports from China, volumes of which have doubled in the past 18 months, are flooding the EU market and directly causing irreversible closures and job losses across the EU steel sector, Axel Eggert, director general of EUROFER, said as cited in an association prtess release.

Apart from the steel surplus in China that has arisen as a result of persistent state intervention in the Chinese economy, Eggert pointed out that dumped products from China have a much larger environmental footprint – about 50 percent greater – than equivalents produced in the EU.

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