Two days of strikes have started at the former Ilva plant in Taranto, now ArcelorMittal Italia, Kallanish learns from a representative of trade union Unione sindacale di base (USB).
The strike started on Monday evening and will last for 32 hours until 19 December. ArcelorMittal is accused by unions of not respecting the agreement with the Italian government and the unions during the purchase of Ilva. Workers will also take the strike to the headquarters of the economy ministry (Mise) in Rome on 18 December.
According to the source, ArcelorMittal is cutting the former Ilva’s workforce and is replacing workers with contractors, externalising some of the plants’ activities. Despite soliciting the management, the unions have not received an answer.
ArcelorMittal declined to comment when approached by Kallanish.