European steel workers protest EU emissions cuts
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Some 5,000 steel workers from across the continent protested outside European Union headquarters Tuesday to demand their industry be exempt from planned pollution caps, which they fear will lead to job losses.
Unions from across the 27-nation bloc are backing steel companies to pressure EU governments and lawmakers to water down rules to cut pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. They say such regulation would lead to higher production costs and job losses.
Europe’s steel industry employs some 650,000 people.
“We are in favor of a clean environment, but we are also in favor of job security in the European (steel) industry,” said Erich Foglar, president of the Austrian Trade Union Confederation.