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Alcoa aluminum plant dismantling halted

Swiss company considering taking over

Alcoa aluminum plant dismantling halted

(ANSA) - Rome, September 3 - Hotly disputed work to begin shutting down parts of the Alcoa aluminum plant on the Italian island of Sardinia has been halted, said Italy's Ministry for Economic Development on Monday. Labor unions and the government have been locked in a dispute with the American aluminum giant over the company's move to shut down a smelter and put hundreds of jobs at risk. Alcoa has promised to keep all workers at its Portovesme plant employed through the end of the year, but began powering down the smelter on September 1. On Friday, a statement from Swiss multinational Glencore expressed an interest in taking over the plant. The Ministry and Sardinian officials made the information available, and Glencore requested another week to examine the possible deal. A second meeting has been set up for September 10, the communique said.

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