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Ex Ilva, Arcelor Mittal announces the suspension of activities at the Taranto plant


A tile falls on the already difficult negotiation between the government, unions and Arcelor Mittal. Convened by Mise today to talk about blast furnace closures, the company has sent a letter to the government and local institutions announcing the suspension of activities

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15 November 2019With a letter addressed to the government and institutions of Taranto, Arcelor Mittal announced the suspension of the Taranto plant and of the power plants "with methods designed to preserve the integrity of the plants pending the retrocession of the business branches". The situation for the steelworks in Taranto is falling, with a path that is rapidly moving towards an almost certainly non-peaceful solution between the parties.

Meeting at the Mise jump?
Parties that would have had to meet just this afternoon at the Mise to talk about the crisis of the former Ilva plant in Taranto with unions and company. The meeting was convened after Arcelor Mittal yesterday announced to the unions that the blast furnace was extinguished by January 15th. The company would be technically obliged to participate in the meeting at the Mise where there will also be the leaders of Cgil, Cisl and Uil, Maurizio Landini, Annamaria Furlan and Carmelo Barbagallo. The managing director, Lucia Morselli, should be present for Arcelor Mittal. But at the moment the conditional is a must.

Commissioners prohibited
To fuel the level of tension, already very high on the affair, this morning, the prohibition of Arcelor Mittal to carry out inspections of commissioners within the company contributed. A decision negatively commented also by Stefano Patuanelli, Minister of Economic Development: "Today there will be a meeting with the company asked for the unions", but still "today the company" Arcelor Mittal, "has banned inspections from commissioners. a very serious fact that must have an adequate response "said the minister on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Terna Italia Montenegro power line.

The anger of the undersecretary
Alessia Morani, Undersecretary for Economic Development and Basic Reformist, intervenes firmly on the matter: "We will in no way allow Arcelor Mittal to plunder the largest Italian and European steel company. Arcelor Mittal is implementing actions altogether illegitimate even preventing inspectors from inspecting. We know that we will prevent the switching off of the blast furnaces because the former Ilva is a national heritage and no one has to afford to use it to speculate ".

Landini presses on the government
"On Ilva the Government must overcome some delay. And above all, if Arcelor Mittal is asked to respect the agreements signed, the Government must also do so." This was said by CGIL secretary general Maurizio Landini. "With Uil and Cisl we are talking about common initiatives to be undertaken". "At the Arcelor Mittal, we say that he rented the Ilva after winning a race and cannot decide now to close it after signing agreements that also included investments. Among other things, I think it cannot even be allowed". "When Arcelor rented Ilva, the company was fine and today we cannot accept that it will go away like this. We discuss the timing but not the disengagement from Taranto, as well as from Genoa and Alessandria; only thousands of jobs are being discussed, but also an idea of ​​an industrial system. With steel, everything is done ".

Source: rainews

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