Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
TARANTO

ILVA blames markets for temporary layoffs of 2,000

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Taranto, November 7 - Troubled steel manufacturer
ILVA warned Wednesday that it will seek judicial relief from
environmental shutdown orders, complaining it can't make any
business plans while the orders are in place.
"This company cannot, at present, make any declaration of
commitment...or develop a business plan or outline financial
forecasts," while much of its Taranto steelworks are shut down
for environmental improvements, ILVA president Bruno Ferrante
complained in a letter to the ministry of environment.
It added that it will "soon" ask judicial authorities to
release it from the shutdown order affecting Europe's largest
steel plant.
However, ILVA did not try to blame the controversy for its
decision to lay off 2,000 of its 12,000 employees for 13 weeks
beginning November 19; instead, it blamed weak market demand.
ILVA has been at the centre of a major industrial and
environmental dispute since July, when a court in this southern
port city ordered the shutdown of its smelting facilities and
mineral park, saying the steelworks was the source of an ongoing
environmental disaster.
The court accused ILVA of emitting toxic dust and other
elements 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.
ILVA's complaints come as the Italian government issued a
challenge for the company to make the necessary investments in
cleaning up its plant.
"I expect that ILVA will concentrate on these challenges
and invest because it is also the way to grow," Environment
Minister Corrado Clini said Wednesday in Rimini.
"If ILVA is under the illusion of being able to continue to
produce without updating the technology, it's a mistake".

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