The government restarts the discussion with the unions on the future of Acciaierie D’Italia but does not decide on the revocation of the suspension imposed until 16 January by the former Ilva Group on 145 related companies and holds back on the request formally made at the table by Fim, Fiom, Uilm and Uglm to anticipate the rise to 60% in the capital of Adi scheduled for 2024. On the other hand, this was not the objective of the minister of companies and made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, concentrated rather on restarting for “putting back on the right track” a confrontation between the parties, especially that between the company and the unions, which has now deteriorated. But the top management of Acciaierie d’Italia deserted the round at Mimit, waiting for the CEO Lucia Morselli, and the government, who at the table had reiterated how the decision of the former Ilva group to pull the plug on part of the related industries had been “improvident and sudden”, he could only hope for now “that there is the full collaboration of the company, reiterate that “we want the agreements to be respected” and announce that “the State will use the resources already allocated so that this respect is possible ”.
And the Government is in fact at work, as confirmed during the meeting also by Invitalia, to unlock those resources, up to 1 billion, identified with the aid decree but which until now Acciaierie d’Italia had not received. And it is what Urso still defines as “the beginning of a process of discussion which is dutiful for the country and for Taranto which has been waiting for an answer for too long” to obtain “that rebalancing of governance with which to have a response from the company to the commitments made in previous agreements”. The same goes for the ‘nationalization’ of the Group: “everything cannot be decided in a few days but we must consider all the factors and it will be Palazzo Chigi, at the end, which will choose the road to take to reach the port and save this public site”.
A de facto black smoke for the unions who responded at the end of the table with the proclamation of a 4-hour strike for next Monday, 21 September. In fact, too little for Fim Fiom and Uilm who risk a social emergency in the Taranto area, the latter precisely with the related issue that leaves around 2,000 workers hanging in the balance at the moment, without counting the 1,600 employees of Ilva under temporary administration with the expiring cigs.
“Not even the meeting with Urso served to make ArcelorMittal withdraw from the unfortunate idea of making the company withdraw from the decision to leave 2,000 workers at home and suspend 145 companies. We appreciated the minister’s goodwill but the workers no longer know what to do with goodwill. We need the State to find the courage and nationalize the company without which the situation will get worse and worse”, Uilm leader Rocco Palombella commented sadly at the end of the meeting.
“The company did not show up and this is a slap in the face to the workers but also to the government that has just taken office. For this reason, mobilization begins on Monday”, he continues. Fiom is also on a war footing: “the company was absent today, it did not I didn’t even have the courage to show up at the table to negotiate with the government and the unions. We need to stop the euthanasia of the former Ilva Group and for this it is necessary that Acciaierie D’Italia returns to the hands of the State and renegotiates with the unions again. relaunch of work, employment protection, job protection and safety and the environmentalization of production”, comments the leader Michele De Palma at the end of the meeting at Mimit, also requesting a “permanent control room” at Mimit to monitor the consistency of the commitments.
Finally, Roberto Benaglia’s Fim appreciates the availability of the government “satisfied” that Urso “has understood the dramatic nature of the situation which risks degenerating further especially after the recent decision to pull the plug on 145 contracting companies”. The metalworkers of the Cisl, in fact, share the timing of the government. “We have asked the government to work towards rebalancing the relationship between the state, Invitalia and Arcelor Mittal: it takes time but this is the direction that must be taken and the minister replied in this sense that he will not accept giving new resources in a situation crystallized and gangrenous”, he concludes, however referring to the ‘general’ strike of all former Ilva workers called on Monday’ to put pressure on the executive. Urso’s summons was also “important” for the UGLM which insists on nationalisation: “there are no conditions to leave Acciaierie d’Italia at the mercy of the multinational ArcelorMittal which always resorts to blackmail to raise cash”.
The situation therefore on the former Ilva group is awaiting developments. A second ‘plenary’ round should be reconvened shortly while it is the president of Acciaierie d’Italia Franco Bernabe’ who reports, during an interview with Siderweb, of a possible meeting between Mimit and Adi top management shortly. “The State and ArcelorMittal will already meet in the next few days and will decide how to continue this collaboration, if they deem it so. From the point of view of the government, there is certainly a commitment, we are waiting to see if it will materialize in a strong agreement or not with your partner,” she says.
On the other hand, he continued, “having ascertained next year that the Hague has been completed, as well as all the prescriptions” and that therefore the judiciary will be able to decide for the release from seizure of the plants in the hot area of the Taranto iron and steel it was one of the conditions precedent of the co-investment agreement between ArcelorMittal and Invitalia, at which point, Bernabe’ continues, “we can proceed”.
“The two sides must meet and decide what they intend to do. The original idea was clear. The change of government from this point of view has not helped, because the situation is so delicate that it cannot fail to have the consent and support of the government and the partner, ArcelorMittal, must be reassured that the attitude of the executive itself does not change over time”, he concludes.
(by Alessandro Testorio)