EU must stop fowl play over dumping
‘Predictably, the EU pretends the local industry’s objections to the dumping are about ‘imports’ and protectionism,’ writes Francois Baird
EU chicken producers have been dumping their products in SA and harming the local industry, but the EU is determined not to admit it. This is clear from the EU’s repeatedly evasive statements about the effect of chicken dumping on SA. There has not been one straight answer in the series of statements the EU delegation in SA has made. since October 2016. There has been no admission that what they have been doing has plunged the local chicken industry into crisis, which has cost thousands of jobs and threatens many thousands more if dumping continues. There has also been no promise to stop this practice and no undertaking to support those rendered jobless by heartless EU actions. All there has been are half-truths and misleading statements designed to hide the facts. When the FairPlay antidumping movement planned its social support summit to co-ordinate support for retrenched workers and affected families and communities on August 2, one of the first invitations was extended to EU amb...