Protests by Alcoa workers in Rome increasingly tense

Worker hospitalized after firecracker explodes

Protests by Alcoa workers in Rome increasingly tense

(see previous) (ANSA) - Rome, September 10 - Tensions surrounding the fate of the Alcoa aluminum plant in Sardinia continued to increase as protests by workers and labor union representatives in Rome were plagued by violent incidents on Monday. A worker demonstrating in front of the labor ministry in the capital was taken to the hospital after a firecracker exploded near him on Monday. Stefano Fassina, the Democratic Party's (PD) economy chief who was pushed in a scuffle by angry protesters said that "the government should have intervened much earlier (to assist in the dispute)," and accused the government of abandonment (of the workers). The American aluminum giant's plan to shut down a smelter and put hundreds of jobs at risk is at the center of a high-profile, ongoing industrial dispute. Alcoa has promised to keep all workers at its Portovesme plant in Sardinia employed through the end of the year.

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