ILVA workers protest environmental-upgrade closure

Dozens demonstrate in Taranto

ILVA workers protest environmental-upgrade closure

(ANSA) – Taranto, September 21 - ILVA employees in the southern Italian city of Taranto demonstrated on Friday to protest the troubled steelwork plant initiating a court-ordered closing down of some of its divisions to pave the way for an environmentally friendly upgrade process. Dozens of workers are converging in the company’s administration offices to try and fight the turning-off of electric energy and water to the divisions that were seized by court order earlier this year amid accusations of environmental damages. Other employees, accompanied by trade union activists, are protesting in front of ILVA management offices on the Appia road where the plant is located. ILVA has for months been at the heart of a major industrial and environmental dispute that filled Italian headlines when a court in the port town of Taranto ordered the shutdown of its smelting facilities and mineral park in July, saying the steelworks was the source of an ongoing environmental disaster. The court accused ILVA of emanating plumes of toxic dust and other emissions that threatened the health of nearby residents. The court-ordered partial shutdown sparked worker protests, strikes and a flurry of meetings between government and business leaders to find a way to save the plant, which is considered crucial for Italian industry, and an important source of employment in Italy's underdeveloped south. Meanwhile on Friday, judiciary sources leaked reports that magistrates are preparing to turn down the environment-upgrade proposal presented by ILVA management and shareholders earlier this week. The court-appointed trustees of the company officially said the measures would not suffice on Thursday. ILVA earlier this week presented a 400-million-euro remediation plan to the Taranto courthouse that included covering its mineral storage to seal off a major source of toxic dust. Fiom trade union officials called for industrial group Riva, which owns the ILVA steelworks, to “take up the responsibility it has in the situation” and “put their hands into their wallets and repay the debts they have with workers and with citizens.

Lascia il tuo commento

Condividi le tue opinioni su Gazzetta del Sud online

Caratteri rimanenti: 400

Le altre notizie

i più letti di oggi