'Tension, worry high' says Monti of Alcoa labor dispute

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'Tension, worry high' says Monti of Alcoa labor dispute

(ANSA) - Rome, September 11 - Italian Premier Mario Monti remarked on the high tensions surrounding labor relations at the threatened Sardinian Alcoa aluminum plant in a meeting with labor leaders on Tuesday. "We find ourselves in a moment charged with tension and worry," he said. The roundtable came a day after hundreds of workers demonstrated in Rome during talks between government officials, union leaders and Alcoa representatives. The demonstration turned violent and 15 people were injured in clashes between workers and the police. Talks have been aimed at finding a way to save the unprofitable Alcoa plant, which is gradually being shut down, by finding a buyer willing to take it on. However, Industry Minister Corrado Passera has described the challenge of keeping the factory open as "almost impossible".

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