The UK and Ireland’s largest manufacturing union Unite threw its full weight behind the industry body UK Steel’s steel charter which is being launched today (Monday 20 May) in parliament, urging the government and big firms to buy British to boost UK industry.

In addition to pressing ministers and MPs, Unite will be writing to all the major manufacturers it deals with, asking them to sign the new charter aimed at maximising the amount of UK produced steel used in infrastructure and construction ventures.

The UK government is expected to buy £2.5 billion worth of steel over the next five years for rail, roads, schools, hospitals and warships. Unite is backing UK Steel’s call for that steel to be sourced from our shores, with bodies signing up to its charter.

Unite national officer for steel Tony Brady said: “Unite has long called for the government to use UK produced steel in major infrastructure projects to support jobs and manufacturing communities across the UK.

“The need and the sense of urgency for this to happen is only heightened by the current difficulties experienced by British Steel.

“We would urge the UK government to back this charter and use its buying power to put UK steel at the heart of major infrastructure projects and ensure projects like the Royal Navy’s new Fleet Solid Ships are built in the UK using UK steel.

“The major employers Unite deals with must also play their part. That is why we are writing to all of them asking them to back the UK steel charter and ensure a win, win for jobs, the economy and UK manufacturing.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.