Meanwhile in the morning the Indian group Jindal denied an interest in the former Ilva's assets after ArcelorMittal's retreat. "We strongly deny", according to a Tweet posted on the group's Twitter channel, the press rumors that "Jindal Steel & Power could renew its interest in the Taranto steel plant".
STRIKE OF TRADE UNIONS 7 – At 7 am this morning the 24-hour strike called by Fim, Fiom and Uilm in the Taranto steel plant and in the other sites of the ArcelorMittal group. Dozens of contract workers are in charge near the business concierge. Also present were direct workers and trade union representatives. The metalworkers ask "the company the immediate withdrawal of the relegation procedure of the business branches and the government not to grant any alibi to the same to disengage, restoring all the conditions in which the agreement of 6 September 2018 was signed which would guarantee the possibility of completing the Environmental Plan in the established deadlines ”. Fim, Fiom and Uilm argue that "the multinational has set provocative and unacceptable conditions and the most serious concerns the modification of the Environmental Plan, the production downsizing to four million tons and the request for dismissal of 5,000 workers, in addition to questioning the return to work of the 2,000 currently in Extraordinary Administration ”. The Rsu (unitary union representatives) of Fiom and Uilm in a note speak of "silent strike"To highlight" the exceptional nature of the situation that generated and is generating excessive confusion "and how" silence, on such a complex case, is worth more than a thousand words opposed to political clamor. We are tired – they add – of being inside a meat grinder and we believe it is necessary to rewrite a story, together with the workers and the whole community, different from the one represented up to now ”.
PATUANELLI: "NATIONALIZE? I DO NOT SEE WHY TALKING ABOUT RISK "- "I don't see why talking about risk. I believe it was historically a mistake to privatize the steel industry, which was a jewel in the crown and of which today remains a single plant ". This was stated by the Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli, responding, in an interview with ‘La Repubblica’, on the risk of nationalizing the former Ilva. "At the moment – underlines Patuanelli – the government's priority is to ensure that ArcelorMittal respects the commitments made. This is Plan A, Plan B and Plan C and for this reason I have called Parliament, the social forces and all the institutional components of the country to a sense of responsibility that must make the entrepreneur feel the massive presence of the Italian system " . "The theme of the shield – says Patuanelli – is no longer there. As a government we immediately gave the company the willingness to reinsert it, to remove any alibi. But ArcelorMittal said that even if we solved, in addition to that, the other side issues, the quay and the blast furnace 2, the production would still be 4 million tons per year. With 5 thousand redundancies. It is unacceptable ".