British media reported that the soaring power prices are making it difficult for UK steel mills to make steel profitably during certain hours of the day and they are curbing production prompting worker unions to voice their concerns. Trade Union Community’s Operations Director Mr Alasdair McDiarmid said “The spikes in electricity prices are incredibly concerning and a threat to UK steelworkers. We need urgent action to combat the UK's sky-high prices. There is currently a huge price inequality when it comes to electricity prices, with the UK paying twice as much for electricity as our EU competitors. This puts us at a major competitive disadvantage as well as being a barrier to delivering the Government's climate objectives.”UK Steel said “Record electricity prices are hobbling the UK's steel sector and widening the already damaging gulf between prices paid by steelmakers in the UK and those in Europe, an issue UK Steel has been warning about for almost a decade.”Fears are rising that this could become more widespread and shake the already-stricken sector, which has seen a succession of companies pushed to the brink over the last few years.