ArcelorMittal has lifted the lockout at its steelworks in the northern Spanish city of Gijon as from 8 December. The continuation of production at Gijon is once again possible as unions have called off the two hour per shift strike. The steelmaker and workers' representatives agreed to restart negotiations on a plan to guarantee production and prioritise the maintenance of employment at the long products unit of ArcelorMittal in Spain.
ArcelorMittal Asturias had decided to close the Gijon Steelworks from 5:00 PM on December 3 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 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.