Alcoa workers climb silo in protest ahead of demonstration

Delegation in discussions with government representatives

Alcoa workers climb silo in protest ahead of demonstration

(ANSA) - Cagliari, September 4 - Two workers at the Alcoa aluminum plant at Portovesme on the Italian island of Sardinia climbed to the top of a 70-metre silo on Tuesday in protest over plans by the American aluminium giant to shut down the smelter and put hundreds of jobs at risk. The protest came as a delegation of workers and union representatives met with the leaders of the three parties supporting the government of Premier Mario Monti in Rome to discuss the dispute. It also anticipated a series of initiatives in Sardinia leading up to a demonstration in Rome on September 10 involving hundreds of Alcoa workers, local administrators, traders and ordinary citizens. On Monday Italy's economic development ministry announced that hotly disputed work to begin shutting down parts of the Alcoa plant had been halted pending the outcome of a possible takeover deal with Swiss multinational Glencore. Alcoa has promised to keep all workers at its Portovesme plant employed through the end of the year.

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