The legal battle
In the meantime, while Ilva commissioners distrust ArcelorMittal from canceling the contract and "enacting behaviors that can harm workers and the state of the plants", the red alert also goes off at the Quirinale. In the morning, Conte updated Mattarella on the state of talks with the French-Indian group and on all the measures that can be put in place to find a solution to the very serious corporate crisis that lies ahead.
In the late afternoon, together with several ministers (from Patuanelli to Di Maio, from Boccia to Bellanova, Catalfo and Costa), the premier met with local authorities, trade unions and business associations. Conte confirmed that the consultation table will remain open "h 24" explaining that the problem of Arcelor is not so much linked to the penal shield, "that the government has also offered to restore", as well as the need to reduce production to 4 millions of tons cig 5,000 people. "The problem is a serious one," added Conte, hoping that there will be no "political color differences between national and local authorities, trade unions and trade associations" and for this reason he renewed his appeal to "respond with a single voice ».
The President of the Council's conviction is that Arcelor must respect the contracts given that "it won the tender after evaluating the situation and acquiring all the possible information", which is why today it cannot say the industrial plan is no longer sustainable. He explained on TV that "it is not a legal problem because a legal battle would see us all losers. If ever it were, it would be the judicial battle of the century ", but in principle" because it cannot be allowed to go away without respecting the contractual obligations ".
Speaking in the Chamber, the Development Minister in turn launched a heavy indictment against the Mittals. First of all, he claimed that Arcelor knew of the expiry of the penal shield in March 2019 and nevertheless he had nevertheless submitted his offer to buy. He then explained that in the past the commissioners had achieved better results, while today Arcelor is clearly not able to manage his plan. "Obviously – concluded the minister – Arcelor had no intention of producing".
For the trade unions, who look with concern at a lawsuit that risks jeopardizing the Ilva's existence, and which for today have proclaimed a 24-hour strike in all Italian establishments, those placed in government the other day are « provocative and unacceptable conditions and the most serious ones concern the modification of the environmental plan, the downsizing of production and the request for dismissal of 5 thousand people ". Esuberi, which if it were to really close the hot area of Tranto, could even rise to a level of 6,700, as Bentivogli della Fim reports. For this reason, together with Fiom and Uilm he asks "the company the immediate withdrawal of the procedures and the government not to grant any alibi that allows Mittal to disengage".
Mittal's red grows
IS Arcelor after opening the crisis front what does it say? Commenting on the data for the third quarter, which closed with sharply increasing losses (from 486 to 539 million, the owner Lakshmi Mittal explained that the group "continues to face difficult market conditions. We remain focused on our initiatives to improve our performance and our priority is to reduce costs and adjust production and ensure a positive cash flow. "He spoke of the whole group but it is a bit the same recipe that he now wants to apply to Taranto.