ERJ staff report (LMH)
Washington, DC - US trade union United Steelworks (USW) has said that it applauds president Obama and Ambassador Kirk for calling China out for its illegal export restraints on rare earth minerals and other products.
â€œThe members of the USW have worked closely with the administration to address China's wide ranging export restraints on various raw materials and its blatant disregard of that country's World Trade Organisation (WTO) obligations,â€ USW president Leo Gerard said in a 13 March news release.
He added, "Chinese export restraints have a devastating impact on production and jobs here in the US by limiting or raising the cost of these materials to our companies which use them to make products ranging from lighting to auto parts to wind energy production equipment to military goods and countless other products.â€
USW said China has used export restraints as a development strategy to advantage their companies and undermine their competitors.
The trade union said the action taken so far is positive but more remains to be done in this critical area.
In January, USW issued a call to action on auto parts where it highlighted the problem of export restraints. Many of the items covered by other Chinese export restraints are used in a wide range of auto parts.
â€œWe hope the US and its trading partners will press China to stop its practices on all products important to US manufacturing. American workers deserve nothing less,â€ Gerard concluded.
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Press release from United Steelworks