Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Railway workers' union calls indefinite strike at ILVA plant


Taranto, February 18 - The union representing some
railway workers at the troubled ILVA steel plant in the southern
port city of Taranto called an indefinite strike Monday and
revoked a 2010 agreement.
The USB says it is protesting safety and security issues
arising from a reorganization that was part of the November 2010
And it accused management of "foolhardy behaviour" towards
Last October, an investigation was launched after a
29-year-old worker at the plant was found dead near a locomotive
engine inside the plant.
ILVA has for months been at the centre of a major
industrial and environmental dispute since a court in the port
town 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 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.

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