One slap to the government and to the workers. Italian steelworks did not appear at the meeting with the Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy, Adolfo Ursoi labor unions they Local societies to take stock of the situation in which the former Ilva finds itself after the company’s decision to block 145 companies related industries with a heavy impact on employment, in particular a Tarentum. Nor the CEO Lucia Morselliexpression of the private shareholder ArcelorMittalnor the president Franco Bernabepublic expression Invitalia, participated in the face-to-face. The absence pushed Fiom, Uilm And Fim to proclaim 4 hour strike on Monday in all the factories, but in Taranto we think about an entire day, while Urso underlined how the time has come to “rebalancing governance” so that “there is one response to commitments taken”. The Minister of Labour, Marina Calderoneinstead assured the commitment to “activate a channel of comparison and to study immediate solutions”.
The decision to ignore the ministry summons is only the latest provocation of the management of ArcelorMittal, effectively controlling Acciaierie d’Italia, which for years now – as reconstructed by ilfattoquotidiano.it – he always goes further when he needs to cash out. The move to stop the work of related companies and turn a deaf ear to the government’s call fits perfectly into this picture. For months the company has been complaining about the non-arrival of the billion euros earmarked byDraghi executive to support the activity of the steel mill, in liquidity crisis and with hundreds of millions of euros from unpaid invoices towards i providersincluding water and gas bills. The money will arrive at its destination as explained by the CEO of Invitalia, Bernardo Mattarella: “We are speaking with the private partner to best apply the rule of the Aid decree”, he said, underlining that “we will share with the government the better solution“.
In the meantime, Acciaierie d’Italia – which limited itself to one “no comment” after missing the meeting – chose to suspend related workers for at least the next two months, well aware of the aggravation of the situation of supplier companies which, among other things, have tens of millions of unpaid invoices. The decision has been finalised “improvident” da Urso, unaware of the move despite having met Morselli and Bernabè in the days prior to sending the letter to the 145 companies excluded from the plants. However, the minister said he was convinced that the rules will be respected “deadlines” foreseen in the agreements if we work “together”. Insufficient assurances for the unions, now certain that ArcelorMittal is a unreliable interlocutor.
For this reason they have proclaimed a four-hour strike in all the plants and are asking to oust the French-Indian giant from the management of the former Ilva. The general secretary of UILM, Rocco Palombellabeyond Usb And Ugl they asked to “nationalize” the company, while the leader of Fiom Michael DePalma talk about one “euthanasia in progress” to stop: “We need someone who decides and with whom to negotiate because, to date, every time we arrive on the basis of an emergency”. The State, is the request of the metalworkers of the CGIL, “do its part and assume its responsibilities”, because today the former Ilva “it is not governed” and ArcelorMittal “didn’t even have the courage to show up” at the meeting. “There isn’t a comparison neither at the plant level nor at the national level”, accuses De Palma.
From the secretary of the FIM Robert Benaglia comes the request to the government of “raise your head” and “renegotiate the entire relationship with ArcelorMittal”, which should drop to 40% of the capital in 2024. The situation is so dramatic that even Confindustria he ended up exposing himself by underlining that he “did not agree with the method” of suspending the activity for the 145 companies and noting that the advance of theState entry at 60% it is seen as one positive solution: “We need to solve i problemsthe territory and related companies can no longer support a similar situation,” said the president of the Taranto industrialists Salvatore Toma. Acciaierie d’Italia should have produced 5.7 million this year tons of steel, but according to the unions it will stop at just over three. Meanwhile there are 2,500 people in redundancy fundin addition to the 1,700 under the umbrella of Ilva in extraordinary administration. And in Taranto only two blast furnaces are at work, with most of the finishing plants stop. The unsustainability of the situation is all here..