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Ex Ilva, dramatic situation: Arcelor Mittal communicates the plant closure plan


Starting December 12, some blast furnaces of the former Ilva of Taranto will be extinguished. First the 2nd, then the 4th to the 1st, while for two days the hot train will be closed in November due to the absence of orders. The situation has now taken on dramatic tones, the unions point out that with Landini they ask not to touch the jobs. Meanwhile Confindustria Taranto announces that it will not be able to cope with the salaries of induced workers

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14 November 2019The plan for stopping the blast furnaces of the former Ilva steelworks in Taranto is well known, the situation is becoming increasingly dramatic. "The CEO of Arcelor Mittal, Lucia Morselli, informed the workers' representatives that they will be turned off: Afo2 on 12 December, Afo4 on 30 December and Afo1 on 15 January, while the hot train will be closed between 26 and 28 November for lack of orders. The workers' representatives asked in what perspectives to move and if they intend to make declarations of redundancies, a discussion that the company has sent back to the ministerial table of tomorrow ". The cry of alarm comes from the general secretary Fim Cisl, Marco Bentivogli. "This plan of stops - adds the trade unionist - substantially modifies the provisions contained in the Hague (integrated environmental authorization), therefore the company will confront itself with the Ministry of the Environment on this change of program. If it were still not clear, the situation it is falling into an increasingly dramatic framework that does not allow for further tactics of politics ".

The communication took place this morning during a meeting between the company and the RSU of Taranto, requested by the CEO of Arcelor Mittal, Lucia Morselli, to deny the news emerged by the Puglia Region at the end of yesterday's meeting in which it was claimed that Arcelor Mittal would remain in Taranto until next May.

Reassurances on payment due
The managing director of Arcelor Mittal has clarified that the company will comply with all the commitments, starting from the payment of the fees foreseen by the tender system ". The provincial secretariats of Taranto of Fim Cisl, Fiom Cgil and Uilm Uil assure him about the situation of the former Ilva steel plant and in particular of the relationship between Arcelor Mittal and the companies involved in the supply industry.

Landini: "Not even a job is lost"
According to the former Ilva of Taranto "there are no conditions to terminate the contract by Arcelor Mittal. The contract must be applied in all its parts. Without redundancies, without losing jobs". The general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, reiterated this and then insisted: "Not even a job is lost. Taranto must continue to produce steel without polluting. The government - he adds - must do what it promised, or the shield but I would also like everyone to be indignant with Arcelor Mittal, who won a tender and signed an agreement and is now backing out Health is protected by not closing jobs, but by ensuring that factories work with the best technologies and to carry out remediation, because in the end it risks closing down sites without reclamation ".

Induced: impossible to guarantee salaries
Meanwhile Confindustria Taranto warns: "We are not in a position to guarantee the salaries of our employees". This can be read in the document by Confindustria Taranto delivered today to the Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli, representing Arcelor Mittal's branch in the territory. The document explains that the payments that were announced by the company did not arrive for most companies. On the credits claimed by the companies linked to the former Ilva plant in Taranto "the solutions are being examined by the government and certainly there will be another meeting with us" - specifies the president of Confindustria Taranto, Antonio Marinaro -, adding that "our 50 millions of current euros (claimed against Arcelor Mittal) are not on the radar, there are availabilities, but there are no fixed dates for their return ". The other 150 million euros of credits claimed by these companies since the commissioner's management of the plant "are lacking and will be lacking, it is as if we had donated them to the State, we have them in our liabilities and are part of the proceedings before the Milan court", has clarified Marinaro adding that out of the 50 million of most recent credits instead "we cannot think that they do not fall".

Governor Emiliano specifies
"Before the judge establishes the right of withdrawal by Arcelor Mittal, in theory, the company cannot go to the doorman and leave the keys, he must remain in Taranto. But it was my personal observation: the CEO was not in charge. to talk to me about this, but he only had the task of making sure that the payment made by the industry would take place ". This is what was declared by the president of the Puglia Region Michele Emiliano on the sidelines of the Regional Council meeting, specifying the rumors published by some newspapers about the possibility of Arcelor Mittal to remain in Taranto until May of next year.

Dying company
To make it all the paradoxical comes the news that Arcelor Mittal Italia would be late with the payment of the rent installments of the assets of the Ilva group of which it took possession as a tenant with a promise to become its owner. According to sources close to the dossier, Arcelor Mittal has not yet paid the last quarterly installment due in August. The cost of the rent is around 45 million.

Source: rainews

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