It is reported that Australian Workers' Union has called for a nationwide 'Use Australian Steel' campaign to ensure local steel mills keep running.
It may be noted that the federal government might attempt to counter the financial crisis by spending on infrastructure. According to the AWU, this should include the use of Australian steel, in order to reduce steel industry job losses.
The union has also pointed out the emissions trading scheme is disadvantaging Australian steel companies and the government should be doing more to level the playing field.
Protectionism has a habit of spreading!