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Solidarity2Engineering News reports that Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. 

The trade union’s Marius Croucamp indicated that direct job losses of more than 7,500 were possible as a result of the US’s unilateral decision to impose ad valorem duties of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium products.  One part of the initiative is to take the voice of steelworkers and the public to the US by filing a petition addressed to President Trump on the White House website.  “Solidarity wants to mobilise all South African workers to support their fellow countrymen working in the steel industry by signing the petition,” Croucamp exhorted.  The petition can be signed at until 27 June 2018.  The four strategic elements of Solidarity’s campaign encompass local interaction (including consultation with employers and employees in the affected industries); international consultation (also covering international labour organisations and trade unions); a social plan to support the affected communities; and the development of a long-term recovery plan.   Croucamp pointed out that further risks to the steel and metals sector included high electricity prices and a carbon tax and he expressed the hope that government would exempt or support these industries if a carbon tax was imposed.

Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity News

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