Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Taranto authorities ban protests for ministers' ILVA visit


(ANSA) - Taranto, August 16 - Local authorities in the
southern Italian port town of Taranto have banned all public
demonstrations on Friday, when Italian ministers are due to meet
with local authorities to discuss the future of the troubled
ILVA steel mill that is facing possible closure due to
environmental and health violations.
Italian Industry Minister Corrado Passera is slated to meet
with local authorities on Friday together with Environment
Minister Corrado Clini. Parliament deputies from a variety of
Italian political parties will also be present at the summit.
Passera has in the past called for the plant not to be
closed, and Clini on Tuseday said uncertainty about ILVA's
future is putting Italy's entire industrial system is at risk,
Environment Minister Corrado Clini.
The government and ILVA are embroiled in a fierce legal
standoff with a local tribunal that has ordered the partial
closure of the plant until it is upgraded to meet international
standards amid concerns it has been generating pollution for
years that threatens the health of workers and local residents.
The company said closure would put the livelihood of the
12,000 people it employs, as well as the jobs of many other
people in the related supply chain.
On Thursday labour unions in Taranto were holding a two-hour
strike and protest march that blocked major roads around the
ILVA plant.
The next hearings on the ILVA case are slated for August 28
and September 18.

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