Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Solution for ILVA to be formulated by June 5


(By Kate Carlisle) Rome, May 30 - A long-awaited decree
to salvage the troubled ILVA steelworks in the southern city of
Taranto, save thousands of jobs and 40% of the country's steel
production will be proposed by June 5, CISL trade union local
secretary Luigi Sbarra said following government and trade union
meetings on Thursday.
However, it will not be discussed during parliament
meetings on Friday, Environment Minister Andrea Orlando said.
Earlier on Thursday, it looked likely that Premier Enrico
Letta's government was set to appoint a special commissioner for
the plant's cleanup and management.
"The solution could be a single special commissioner to
either take over (the entire plant) or one to oversee cleanup
operations," Industry Minister Flavio Zanonato said in a radio
ILVA has been at the centre of a political and legal
battle since July when local magistrates ordered the partial
closure of its Taranto plant due to serious health concerns.
Saving ILVA, a plant that produces almost all of the
country's steel for the automotive, shipping and domestic
appliance industries, as well as provides jobs for around 20,000
workers, has become a priority for Letta's government.
"The closure of a company like ILVA would have the same
effect as a bomb attack on the country," business association
Cna said.
"Any solution is appropriate, seeing as this is an
exceptional situation. But what counts is that the work get
started and production continues," CISL trade union leader
Raffaele Bonanni said.
The company is also plagued by probes into the Riva
family, whose holding controls the plant, for suspected fraud
against the State and fake money transfers.
On Monday, government officials tried to reassure tens of
thousands of workers at the troubled company that ILVA workers
would be taken care of after police seized 9.3 billion euros
worth of assets belonging to the steel group's owners and ILVA's
board of directors resigned en masse, including the company's
chairman and its CEO
"The government will not leave workers alone,"
declared Industry Ministry Undersecretary Claudio De Vincenti.
De Vincenti added that "guaranteeing continuity in
production (at ILVA plants) is in the national interest".
National secretary for the Democratic Party (PD) Guglielmo
Epifani - the main party on the left in Italy's left-right
coalition government - also tried to assuage unions that ILVA's
current chaos would not lead to plant shut down.
ILVA's steel plant "cannot be stopped, because if that
plant is shut down, we will have a cascade of negative
consequences for most of Italy's steel plants," said Epifani on
The Taranto plant is the biggest in Europe, and the Riva
group is the biggest iron and steel producer in Italy, the
fourth-biggest in Europe and the 23rd-biggest in the world.

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