Italian workers go on strike, demand closure of polluting ILVA steel plant

Young journalists club

News ID: 44380
Publish Date: 10:08 - 30 November 2019
TEHRAN, Nov 30_On Friday, Italy's base union USB called a general strike, involving public and private sector workers, to protest ongoing uncertainty over a deal to sell the huge, highly polluting ILVA steel plant in the southern city of Taranto.

Italian workers go on strike, demand closure of polluting ILVA steel plantTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The Italian government and the steel group ArcelorMittal are on the brink of a harsh legal row as the India-based multinational has threatened to scrap a deal to acquire ILVA sealed last year. 

Italy's giant steelmaker directly employs over 8,000 workers in one of the country's least developed areas. Thousands of people joined a rally organized by the USB union in central Taranto demanding the closure of the steel plant and a full clean-up at Ilva’s heavily polluted site.

In Rome, numerous public and private sector workers participated in the work stoppage called by USB union affecting trains, kindergartens, schools, universities and public offices causing traffic disruptions. Also public trash collector AMA workers downed tools calling a simultaneous strike.

Traffic congestion in the Italian capital has been made worse by a rally taking place in the city center attended by thousands of students demanding action to resolve the climate crisis and reduce consumerism. People in a number of other Italian cities including Milan, Turin and Florence are implementing similar initiatives.

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