Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
FRIDAY

Thousands of steel workers protest ILVA plant shutdown

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(ANSA) - Friday, July 27 - Thousands of steel workers in the
southern port city Taranto mobilized in protest against a
court-ordered partial shutdown of their employer, the ILVA steel
plant, on Friday.
A Taranto judge ordered on Thursday the shutdown of six
areas of Italy's largest steel plant - which employs over 11,000
people - as well as the house arrest of eight current and former
managers.
Prosecutors charge that the steel plant's toxic fumes and
dust endanger the lives of thousands of workers and nearby
residents, and have caused hundreds of deaths and high rates of
illness.
The main labor unions at the steel plant - UILM, FIOM and
FIM - called an indefinite strike Friday, leaving just the few
workers in command posts to care for key facilities.
The unions decided to occupy all entrances to the city of
Taranto, and called for the intervention of Italian Premier
Mario Monti.
Steel workers blockaded state road 100, connecting Taranto
to Bari, and state road 106, connecting Taranto to the Ionian
coast.
Police worked to redirect traffic through secondary roads,
while local public transportation suffered serious disruptions,
with buses stuck or unable to complete their routes.
In northern Italy, 200 ILVA workers in Genoa streamed out
of the company's Conigliano plant gates to protest the Taranto
plant closure.
The Genovese plant relies heavily on materials furnished
from the Taranto plant for its own production.
"In five days we will no longer have material to work
with," said Franco Grondona, secretary of Genoa's FIOM-CGIL
unions.
The Genoa workers marched to the local prefecture, where
prefect Francesco Antonio Musolino persuaded the procession to
dissolve.
Musolino reassured union leaders that a court re-examining
the shutdown order could very soon repeal the closure.
Grondona vowed to re-examine the issue Monday.

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