ArcelorMittal Asturias Closes Gijon Steelworks as Workers Strike
ArcelorMittal Asturias has decided to close the Gijon Steelworks from from 5:00 PM on December 3 and will last for the time strictly necessary as long as the reason for its decision persists, after verifying the monitoring by a consistent number of people of the intermittent strike with exception for people designated to attend the essential services for the basic support of the facilities. The strike, which started on November 25 and called by the CCOO and CSI unions, seeks to demand a viability plan for the Longs division of the Gijon factory. ArcelorMittal Asturias said “Due to this, the continuation of its production process is impossible without putting the facilities and, especially and mainly, people at serious risk. Additionally, the situation described and the way in which the strike has been called seriously prevents the development of the production process and that the products can have the required level of quality and reliability.”
Company's Management has made the decision to initiate a lockout, contemplated in article 12 of Royal Decree-Law 17/1977, of March 4, on employment relations.
ArcelorMittal Gijon plant is located in the Asturias region in north-west Spain in a strategic location with port services close to the factory. The Gijon site consists of a steel plant with two oxygen converters, secondary metallurgy including two ladle furnaces and an RH degasser, a bloom caster and a billet caster, as well as a wire rod mill and a rail mill. The site produces high quality wire rod for the most demanding applications (steelcord, cold heading applications, springs for shock absorbers, etc. Gijon is the only Spanish producer of high-speed rail and head hardened rail.