Ex Ilva: the strike in Taranto failed, only the induced one stops. System towards shutdown


iron metallurgy

The workers of the former Ilva did not adhere to the work scheduled for today: along the external perimeter of the factory, the first element that is evident is in fact the absence of union leaders. Plant activity to a minimum, the iron and steel industry to shut down. The commissioners asked the public prosecutor for more time

by Domenico Palmiotti

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It is a strike on Friday 7 November at ArcelorMittal in Taranto, the former Ilva steel company. Briefcase called by Fim, Fiom and Uilm against the 5 thousand redundancies declared by ArcelorMittal and the start of withdrawal from the contract by the multinational company that returns establishments, plants and personnel to the extraordinary administration of Ilva from which he had taken them a year ago. It is strike in the establishment of Taranto, but along the external perimeter of the factory, the first element that is evident is the absence of union leaders.

The activities go towards the minimum, the first step towards shutdown. Meanwhile, the Ilva commissioners in extraordinary administration will submit an application to the judicial authority of Taranto to request the extension of the deadline of December 13 set by the Court for the implementation of security adjustments of Altoforno 2
seized after the accident in June 2015 in which
the worker Alessandro Morricella died. They announced it
same commissioners, Francesco Ardito, Alessandro Danovi and Antonio
Lupo, in a meeting with the prosecutor of Taranto, Carlo Maria Capristo.

No garrison, many at work
Outside, to demonstrate, there are neither delegates nor workers. No procession in the city. The management's reception rooms, the A and the D, are deserted. However, in these last two parking lots are fairly crowded with cars and motorcycles. The outward sign that so many have gone to work. On the other hand, there is a great deal of attention to the business concierge. Early in the morning there are a few hundred people, then, slowly, the crowd thins out. But there are still workers and delegates. And with them, the union flags. Of course Friday is also a day of redundancy (in Taranto it involves 1,276 employees for 13 weeks from 30 September) but the fact that there is no shred of mobilization in front of the main gatehouse is not irrelevant.

They say that on the evening of 5 November when the CEO of ArcelorMittal, Lucia Morselli, announced to the unions the start of the procedure for the return of Ilva's extraordinary staff administration (which was later formalized on the morning of November 6th), from Rome the metalworkers asked Taranto to immediately promote the strike. And that they were told no, because the answer would not have been positive. Then Fim went on strike for 24 hours alone and finally, in the face of falling events, Fim, Fiom and Uilm promoted the unitary strike on 7 November.

The whole situation has an explanation: it strike makes more hold on the induced-contract workers than on the direct ArcelorMittal. The latter, in fact, are tired of seven years of endless history, that is when the seizure took place, and they know that if in the end they really had to become redundant, they will be taken over by the extraordinary administration, by the State. And the State, with the commissioner administrations, has always paid Ilva workers.

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