European Trade Union IndustriAll Supports E-Bike Dumping Measures
BRUSSELS, Belgium – In a letter sent on 23 March to EU Commissioners for trade, for industry and for employment, the European Trade Union IndustriAll (which claims to be “the voice of 7 million working men and women across Europe”) offered support for “measures to address any dumping of e-bikes by Chinese producers.”
IndustriAll mailed its letter to Elżbieta Bieńkowska (European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), Cecilia Malmström (European Commissioner for Trade) and to Marianne Thyssen (European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility). In it Luc Triangle, the General Secretary of the IndustriAll European Trade Union, expresses the trade union’s “interest in the ongoing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations of e-bike imports from China and support for effective measures.”
In this letter it is said that “In particular, industriAll Europe supports the imposition of effective measures to address any dumping of e-bikes by Chinese producers or subsidies by the Chinese government in order to provide a level playing field for the EU industry, which has developed the EPAC, a unique, particularly innovative and environmentally-friendly EU version of the electric bicycle. More generally, the bicycle, e-bike and components industry is vital for the EU and EU employment, especially given the constant development of new materials in the sector and the strategic importance of e-transport for the EU.
‘Well over 200,000 jobs’
“Indeed, EU e-bike production represents a substantial amount of EU employment, at least 90,000 jobs, of which 45,000 are direct jobs and at least another 45,000 are indirect jobs. In addition, many EU producers of e-bike and bicycle components produce auto parts and therefore the total employment impacted by the imports being investigated equates to well over 200,000 direct and indirect jobs. European e-bike manufacturers are spread across Europe, with assembly plants in 22 EU Member States.
Alarmed by media reports
“Therefore, we were alarmed to read media reports that e-bike exports from China into the EU grew by 83% in 2017 compared to 2016. We are also aware that Chinese bike-sharing schemes are spreading in European cities, exacerbating the potential harm from destructive dumping and reducing employment in an industry that is crucial for Europe’s green future. We understand that a number of European e-bike manufacturers have already gone out of business due to unfair competition from China and so the European Commission should act before it is too late.
‘Major investments by EU producers’
“IndustriAll Europe has seen and appreciates the major investments that have been made by EU e-bike producers and would support a Commission decision to impose effective EU measures on dumped and subsidised imports to ensure a level playing field going forward and continued strong EU employment in that sector. To industriAll Europe, this would be fully in line with the principles expressed in the 2015 “Trade for All” communication, which calls for a more responsible trade and investment policy.”