Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Labor union raises layoff alarm at Italy's ILVA steel mill


(ANSA) - Rome, August 22 - Italian labor union UIL on
Wednesday called on the ILVA steelmaker not to resort to
temporary layoffs following a legal standoff between the company
and the government, which could lead to a temporary closing of
the facility.
"I believe that in this moment temporary layoffs for
workers at ILVA in Taranto are to be excluded. They weren't
under consideration at the beginning of the summer and I think
the market conditions haven't changed," Rocco Palombella, head
of UIL, said Wednesday.
"I hope that this phase won't be used as an excuse to put
the workers in a difficult situation. We appeal to the
responsibility of the Riva group to ensure that this crisis
continues to be managed the way it has been these past months".
Riva is the owner of the ILVA plant, in the southern
Italian city of Taranto.
The government and ILVA have been embroiled in a fierce
legal standoff since a local court ordered the partial closure
of the plant for environmental and health violations over a
number of years.
A review court Monday said ongoing operations over the
years at ILVA's Taranto steelworks had resulted in severe
pollution, confirming the decision made earlier in the month to
close down the plant while the necessary upgrades were carried

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