Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian govt to decide on Sardinian coal dispute

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 31 - The centre of attention in the
industrial dispute involving employees of the Carbosulcis coal
company and the Italian government shifted to Rome on Friday as
striking miners in Sardinia entered their sixth day of protest
underground.
The government was expected to make its position clear
concerning a regional plan for the relaunch of the Sulcis coal
basin in the southwestern part of the island within the context
of clean energy production, whose failure could pave the way for
the closure of struggling local mines.
On Thursday economic development undersecretary Claudio De
Vincenti said he thought solutions could be found and that the
mines did not necessarily have to close.
European Commission Vicepresident Andrea Tajani and Sardinia
regional governor Ugo Cappellacci were also due to meet in Rome
on Friday to discuss the matter, one of a series of disputes
involving industrial production on the island.
The Carbosulcis miners began their strike last Sunday
evening at the Nuraxi Figus mine and are held up 375 meters
underground.
They are asking the government to go ahead with plans for
clean-coal technology and CO2 storage which they say would also
give them greater employment security and they have said they
would continue their protest until "the bitter end".
Meanwhile in a show of solidarity on Friday morning around
200 people took part in a protest march from Carbonia to the
Nuraxi Figus mine.

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