The main steel union, Community, has backed the UK fracking industry saying it could support thousands of jobs in the supply chain.
Today the union signed a memorandum of understanding with UKOOG, the onshore industry body, to promote home-produced oil and gas.
Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“The future development of home-grown oil and gas has the potential to support thousands of jobs through its supply chain, including in the steel industry, as long as it is part of a joined-up industrial strategy for the UK. We look forward to working with UKOOG as this vitally important industry continues to develop.”
Community and UKOOG said UK-produced oil and gas would:
- Secure future energy supplies
- Reduce UK reliance on imports
- Create highly-skilled jobs
- Help the UK move to a low carbon energy future.
Community is affiliated to the Labour Party, which now opposes fracking. At the party conference in September, energy minister, Barry Gardiner, announced Labour in government would ban fracking.
The GMB – the other large union to actively support fracking – said this meant Britain would have to rely on “henchmen, hangmen and headchoppers” for gas.
Unions which oppose fracking include: Unite, Unison, PCS, Prospect, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), the Universities and Colleges Union.