ArcelorMittal Italia Stops Production at Genoa Cornigliano Plant
Local media reported that workers of ArcelorMittal Italia’s plant in Genoa Cornigliano are responding with a strike and a procession to the hard line of
the company to stop the production at the Genoa plant. Trade unions Fim and Uilm have decided to entrust the matter to the labor judge. Fiom has also opted to block the gate indefinitely until reintegration is obtained. The object of the protest is the dismissal of three factory workers in recent days for spurious reasons and the desire to bring the future of the plant to the attention of the Government. The employees of ArcelorMittal were also joined by delegations of workers from the nearby plants of Fincantieri, Ansaldo Energia, Hitachi and Leonardo.
ANSA reported that ArcelorMittal has adopted hard line against the protests following the dismissal of three workers, in the Cornigliano plant in Genoa in Italy by announcing stoppage of production. It said "The blocking of the entrance gates to the Cornigliano plant, in place since Tuesday morning on the initiative of a trade union organization, prevents the continuation of production in conditions of economy and safety. It is objectively impossible to transport and deliver the goods produced, to receive the goods necessary for production and to procure essential goods to guarantee the safety of workers and the environment. The company reserves all initiatives for the very serious damage resulting from this illegitimate initiative, for which the judicial authority has already been involved. The state of affairs requires the cessation of operational activities until the reestablishment of the situation of legality and normal functioning ".
Two of the dismissed people are accused by the company of having equipped a refectory room in a small room next to the emergency room and a third for a voice message sent on a whatsapp group where he disparaged the plant manager. Unions have alleged "ArcelorMittal's decision to lay off three workers at the Genoa Cornigliano plant demonstrates once again that the layoffs they have become the disciplinary measure favored by the multinational. Furthermore, in the situation in which the former Ilva finds himself, this method, always unacceptable, risks taking on the characteristics of a real intimidating campaign towards workers and trade unions. To all those, that is, who have denounced in recent months a condition of the factories that has become unsustainable.”