Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
TARANTO

ILVA workers strike Wednesday to protest closure deadline

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(ANSA) - Taranto, October 11 - ILVA employees in the
Southern Italian port city of Taranto continued their week-long
demonstrations on Thursday to protest a court-ordered closing of
some of the troubled steelwork plant's divisions to pave the way
for an environmentally-friendly upgrade process.
The protests coincided with a court-set deadline today for
the initiation of the closures of environmentally-damaging
operations.
The protests were organized by the Fim and Uilm trade
unions.
The three court-appointed custodians of the company are now
in charge of the process and will inform the tribunal of any
issues arising with the closing down proceedings, according to
information provided by state prosecutors.
Separately, Italy's Environment Minister Corrado Clini
announced that the blueprint for the environmental upgrade
process, the so-called 'Autorizzazione integrata ambientale per
l'ILVA di Taranto' would be announced on Thursday.
Clini said the measures would be the "most stringent ever
applied to a steelworks company".
ILVA has now for many 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 fumes of toxic dust and
other emissions that threatened the health of nearby residents.
The court-ordered partial shutdown has sparked months of
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.

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