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ArcelorMittal wants to sack 5,000 employees: Italian PM Giuseppe Conte

The announcement by ArcelorMittal to pull out of deal to buy Ilva has caused shockwaves in Italy where the deal was expcted to safeguard thousands of jobs

AFP | PTI  |  Rome 

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If the steel giant goes ahead with its plan to pull out of the plant, the government “will not stay inert”, the PM added.

Steel giant pulled out of an agreement to buy struggling Italian firm Ilva because of production concerns, Italy’s prime minister has said, warning the company wants to cut 5,000 jobs at one of its plants.

The world’s biggest steelmaker on Monday retreated from its plan to buy the steel producer, blaming a decision by Rome to not grant it immunity from prosecution over the heavily polluting Taranto plant.

The announcement caused shockwaves in Italy where the deal was expcted to safeguard thousands of jobs.

But the country’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday said the decision was instead over production targets.

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“The real reason for their withdrawal is that their investments are not profitable and they are demanding now that 5,000 jobs are cut. It’s unacceptable,” he said, after meeting with ArcelorMittal’s management.

If the steel giant goes ahead with its plan to pull out of the plant, the government “will not stay inert”, he added.

The prime minister hopes that following the discussion, will return to the negotiating table “with acceptable and tenable proposals”.

began leasing the plant — with an obligation to buy it — last November, and had plans to invest 2.4 billion euro($2.7 billion) to revive it, including 1.2 billion euro to curb pollution by 2024.

The steel giant was given a period of legal immunity to bring the site up to environmental standards.


First Published: Fri, November 08 2019. 00:17 IST
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