Labour councillors will today condemn the recently imposed US tariffs on imports of steel, a policy that could hit the steel industry here in Rotherham. This move places a 25% tariff on all imports of steel into America from Europe, including the UK. Retired steel worker and Labour councillor in Swinton Cllr Stuart Sansome will present a motion at today’s Council Meeting against Trump’s tariffs and call on the government to do more to defend our steel industry.
Our motion condemns Trump’s tariffs and highlights that the UK sells approximately £360m worth of steel to the US every year, with speciality steel from Rotherham forming part of that trade. Liberty Steel in our town – which specialises in high quality, speciality steel – reportedly has 12% of its’ revenue made up from exports to America as they enjoy good demand for its steel products.
Cllr Stuart Sansome has said:
“Rotherham is rightly proud of its’ steel heritage and today we are leading the recovery in the steel industry nationally. With the recent investment being made at Liberty Steel bringing with it more jobs and production, the last thing our town needs is Trump’s tariffs on steel.
Through this motion, we condemn this protectionist move from the US and call on our government to stand up to Trump and protect our steel industry. Steel workers and their families have sacrificed a lot over the years to save steel production in Rotherham – they deserve a government that will stand up for them and their industry now.”
Cllr Ken Wyatt, who will second our motion, has also said:
“I’m sure many people across Rotherham were alarmed like me at the news that the US were imposing tariffs on our steel. Nobody wins in a trade war and like many I’m concerned what the impact of these tariffs might be for our steel industry. Our town and the steel industry across the UK need the government to stand up to Trump’s bullying, not to stand by.”
Rotherham is enjoying recent new success at its’ Liberty Steel site, with more investment and jobs being created. At this time, we deserve better than Trump’s protectionist policies and Labour councillors are rightly condemning his tariffs.