Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018

ILVA workers protest environmental-upgrade closure

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(ANSA) – Taranto, September 21 - ILVA employees in the
southern Italian city of Taranto demonstrated on Friday to
protest the troubled steelwork plant initiating a court-ordered
closing down of some of its divisions to pave the way for an
environmentally friendly upgrade process.
Dozens of workers are converging in the company’s
administration offices to try and fight the turning-off of
electric energy and water to the divisions that were seized by
court order earlier this year amid accusations of environmental
damages.
Other employees, accompanied by trade union activists, are
protesting in front of ILVA management offices on the Appia road
where the plant is located.
ILVA has for months been at the heart of a major industrial
and environmental dispute that filled Italian headlines when a
court in the port town of Taranto ordered the shutdown of its
smelting facilities and mineral park in July, saying the
steelworks was the source of an ongoing environmental disaster.
The court accused ILVA of emanating plumes of toxic dust
and other emissions that threatened the health of nearby
residents.
The court-ordered partial shutdown sparked worker protests,
strikes and a flurry of meetings between government and business
leaders to find a way to save the plant, which is considered
crucial for Italian industry, and an important source of
employment in Italy's underdeveloped south.
Meanwhile on Friday, judiciary sources leaked reports that
magistrates are preparing to turn down the environment-upgrade
proposal presented by ILVA management and shareholders earlier
this week. The court-appointed trustees of the company
officially said the measures would not suffice on Thursday.
ILVA earlier this week presented a 400-million-euro
remediation plan to the Taranto courthouse that included
covering its mineral storage to seal off a major source of toxic
dust.
Fiom trade union officials called for industrial group
Riva, which owns the ILVA steelworks, to “take up the
responsibility it has in the situation” and “put their hands
into their wallets and repay the debts they have with workers
and with citizens.

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