TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers union welcomes today's
announcement of a federal investigation into unfair steel imports from China
and seeks legal reform that would allow it to participate in this process.
The Canada Border Services Agency will examine the dumping and
subsidizing of oil-country tubular goods from China into the Canadian market.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal will examine the injury that these
practices have done to Canadian producers. This process could lead to remedial
duties on Chinese imports to offset the imbalance created by dumping and/or
"We have been requesting this action for months," said Ken Neumann,
Canadian National Director of the United Steelworkers. In an April 17 letter
to International Trade Minister Stockwell Day, he had written, "It is urgent
that the Government of Canada investigate whether this surge in offshore
imports reflects dumping by a foreign steelmaker and/or subsidization by a
"Our members manufacture oil country tubular goods," said Neumann. "We
would like to tell the Canadian International Trade Tribunal about the
hundreds of Canadian steelworkers who are currently laid off, in no small part
because of China's unfair trade practices."
However, Canada's trade-remedy law prevents Canadian workers and their
unions from participating in such investigations. By contrast, American trade
law gives unions standing in this process.
For further information:
For further information: Bob Gallagher, (416) 544-5966, (416) 434-2221