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    Unions to protest Wednesday in Brussels to save European steel

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    David Camerini leads steel industry protests
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    European unions will protest Wednesday in Brussels in favour of an “industrial policy worthy of the name”. The action is to take place in the sphere of a day of European action for secure jobs in the steel industry, said David Camerini, union representative of CSC Metea at the select committee of the Arcelormittal business association. Over 10,000 people are expected beginning at 9:00 a.m. at esplanade du Cinquantenaire.

    “No Europe without steel,” is a slogan of the European trade unions demanding that the European Union take action for assuring jobs in the smelting industry. “The aim is to raise awareness in Europe for our discontent regarding social dumping. We must have an industrial policy worthy of the name,” emphasized David Camerini.

    “China produces half the steel in the market,” stated the trade unionist. And China sells it at low prices, which places a heavy burden on European production. “They have unbeatable prices because they have no respect for any social or environmental norms,” said M. Camerini with indignation.

    For him, Europe’s potential is enormous, but strict measures must be applied in order to guarantee fair and equitable competition.

    The European unions argue in favour of “commercial protection instruments that are efficient, a proactive industrial policy which supports the steel industry, more and higher quality jobs, and an increase in the capacity to produce steel.”

    The protesters are expected at 9:00 a.m. at esplanade du Cinquantenaire. The unions will give speeches from 11:00 to 11:45. The protest march will then begin, passing by rue de la Loi, the Schuman roundabout, rue Froissart, rue Belliard, chaussée d’Etterbeek, rue Jacques de Lalaing, rue de la Science, and rue Belliard, the ending at rue de la Joyeuse entrée.

    Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)