Unite welcomes MPs' probe on UK steel with calls to clear out the ‘cowboys’
- Saturday 8 June 2019
Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union representing manufacturing workers, welcomed the House of Commons business select committee’s inquiry into the future of steel announced today (Saturday 8 June).
Welcoming the inquiry which will also see Greybull bosses grilled by MPs in the wake of the collapse of British Steel, Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: "This inquiry is certainly a welcome move. We need to look seriously at how a strategically important national industry has ended up in such a perilous, uncertain place, and then we need government to take the steps necessary to bring security to the sector.
"It is also right that Greybull's role in the collapse of British Steel is thoroughly examined. That company has behaved deplorably. Its business model of piling debt onto the balance sheet while stripping cash and security from the business has plunged thousands of workers and their families into horrific uncertainty while they attempt to line their own pockets from a future sale. This sort of cowboy behaviour needs to be run out of our economy once and for all."
Steve Turner added: "This morning I contacted the committee chair to register that this union will expect to make a full submission to their inquiry and to be called to give evidence. It is vital that our members' experiences are documented in order to give the committee the fullest possible picture of the dreadful mismanagement of British Steel."