Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Alcoa meets Glencore over troubled Sardinian aluminum plant

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 7 - A first meeting was held between
representatives of aluminum maker Alcoa and Swiss multinational
Glencore before Sardinia's governor Ugo Cappellacci Friday
morning.
They met in the Sardinian regional capital Cagliari to iron
out a possible takeover deal that might save ALCOA's troubled
aluminum plant in Portovesme on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Three workers of ALCOA's Portovesme plant spent a third
night in their bivouac atop a 70-metre silo during the night.
The workers climbed to the top of a 70-metre silo on
Tuesday in protest over plans by the American aluminium giant to
shut down the smelter and put hundreds of jobs at risk.
One of the workers, who has a heart condition, felt ill
Thursday. A plant doctor climbed the silo to attend to him, and
the worker decided to remain.
Meetings and negotiations to discuss the fate of two high
profile industrial disputes in Sardinia involving the ALCOA
aluminum plant and the Carbosulcis coal company were scheduled
for Thursday.
Workers at the Carbosulcis coal company's Nuraxi Figus mine
in southwester Sardinia staged an eight-day protest 375 meters
underground last week over the future of the mine.
Unions at the Carbosulcis coal company announced Friday
they will march with Alcoa workers in a protest scheduled
Monday, September 10, in Rome.
Coal mine unions are expected to add about 500 people to
hundreds of Alcoa workers, local administrators, traders and
ordinary citizens set to participate in the demonstration.
The ALCOA protest began Tuesday as a delegation of workers
and union representatives met with the leaders of the three
parties supporting the government of Premier Mario Monti in Rome
to discuss the dispute.
On Monday Italy's economic development ministry announced
that hotly disputed work to begin shutting down parts of the
Alcoa plant had been halted pending the outcome of Glencore's
possible takeover deal.
Alcoa has promised to keep all workers at its Portovesme
plant employed through the end of the year.

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