Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy labor minister warns against 20,000 ILVA job losses

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Rome, November 28 - Italy's Labor Minister Elsa
Fornero on Wednesday expressed worry about the impact a forced
closure of the ILVA steel plant in Taranto could have on the
southern Italian city.
"We have to make sure that in this plant, without its
having to close, it is possible to restore the conditions
compatible with health and that we don't send 20,000 jobs to the
slaughter," Fornero said.
"We can't afford it and it's not acceptable for these
people".
The troubled ILVA plant is at the center of a legal and
political dispute which could lead to its permanent closing.
The government of Premier Mario Monti is working on a
decree to obtain an Integrated Environmental Authorisation (AIA)
order to keep the plant operating, sources said Wednesday.
Obtaining the order is necessary to help ILVA continue
functioning in the southern city of Taranto, where jobs are
scarce.
On Tuesday, Environment Minister Corrado Clini said the
government was prepared to take on prosecutors to keep the ILVA
plant open.
ILVA said Monday's court order for the seizure of steel and
semi-finished products as part of a corruption probe that saw
seven top managers arrested would lead to the "almost immediate"
closure of the plant.
It also warned that related operations in other parts of
Italy would also be shut down as a result.
But the forthcoming government decree would "authorize the
continuation of activity in the establishment of the company
ILVA Taranto," sources said Wednesday.
The Taranto plant's furnaces were placed under special
administration in July following accusations emissions from them
caused abnormally high levels of tumours and respiratory
diseases in the Taranto area.
ILVA workers all over Italy began strike action Tuesday to
protest the prosecutors' actions.
ILVA and the government have been trying to keep the plant
in operation while remediation measures necessary for ILVA to
obtain the AIA are carried out.
Clini said the government would meet unions and company
representatives on Thursday, adding that the aim was to find an
agreement for a decree to keep the plant open.

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