Issue date
26 Jan 2018

The TUC has welcomed this evening’s (Friday) announcement by the US International Trade Commission rejecting punitive tariffs on planes and parts manufactured by Bombardier in Belfast.

But the TUC warns that the affair has demonstrated that the Trump administration is a threat to UK workers. And it could threaten the UK’s ability to support good jobs in strategic industries if the UK does not remain in the single market.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This is great news for thousands of Bombardier workers, as well as workers in their supply chain. And it’s a victory for trade unions who fought for their members jobs.

“But we must not be complacent. The Trump administration has shown it wants to shut down Britain’s ability to support good jobs in strategic industries.

“If the government keeps pursuing its bad Brexit strategy, we will be left isolated outside the single market. And that clear the way for Trump to use trade negotiations to attack our right to support important industries.

“To get the best Brexit for working people, the government must keep single market membership on the negotiating table.”

Editors note

Notes to editors:
- The US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross indicated this week that he was ready to engage in ‘trade wars, telling a press conference at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos: "There have always been trade wars. The difference now is U.S. troops are now coming to the ramparts."
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.