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Solidarity2Engineering News reports that Solidarity on Monday announced an action plan in response to the decision by the US not to grant the SA steel and aluminium industries exemption from import tariffs.  

According to the trade union’s Marius Croucamp, the 25% import tariff on steel and the 10% tariff on aluminium that came into effect on 23 March were a real cause for concern.  “The tariffs will result in many job losses in the local industry.  The industry has been under pressure for a number of years owing to international and local market conditions, as well as the dumping of steel,” he indicated.  Local manufacturers affected include ArcelorMittal SA, South32, Hulamin, Duferco, Cisco and Columbus Stainless.  The SA government has failed to convince the US authorities that the local industry should be exempted from the import tariffs.  Solidarity plans to continue engaging with the SA government and industry players in support of the local steel and aluminium industries to help ensure their sustainability, thereby offering protection to workers and protecting jobs.  Solidarity’s Save Our Steel campaign, which was launched in 2017, will serve as a vehicle for the ongoing engagement.  Elements of the union’s action plan include collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry in further efforts to convince US authorities to exempt the local industries from the tariffs, submission of a petition to the Trump administration, support for local companies with their exemption applications to US authorities and the drafting of a contingency plan to deal with the possibility of job losses


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