Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Alcoa Sardinia smelter powers down final cell


Portovesme (Carbonia Iglesias), November 2 - The
troubled Alcoa aluminium smelter in Portovesme shut down the
last of its cells on Thursday, one day ahead of schedule, in the
wake of a decision to power down the plant that has pitted
workers against the Italian government and the American
aluminium giant.
''This is the saddest day,'' said union representatives as
they made the announcement.
The smelter, which employs hundreds of people in the
depressed Sulcis area in southwest Sardinia, is now technically
at a standstill.
Unions have been in negotiations with the government and
Alcoa to try to keep the plant in operation while an alternative
buyer is found.
In early October the Italian economy ministry said three
companies - Klesch industrial group of Switzerland, Italian firm
Kite Gen and ''a major Australian company'' - had come forward
with serious expressions of interest, but there has been no
further word on negotiations.
Meanwhile on Friday it emerged that Rome authorities had
failed to grant permission for a planned demonstration by 500
Alcoa workers and union representatives outside Palazzo Chigi,
the seat of government, on November 6, allegedly due to the
large number of people due to be present.
''We will talk to the workers and then see what to do,''
said CISL trades union representative Rino Barca.
''However in light of this situation we cannot rule out
other demonstrations, other forms of protest''.
Alcoa workers and union representatives have staged a
number of high-profile protests in recent months over the
decision by the American company to shut down the factory
starting September 1.
Alcoa has promised to keep all workers at its Portovesme
plant employed through the end of the year.

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