The last day of factory meetings was launched at Ilva of Taranto for the discussion and examination of the agreement signed on September 6th at Mise with the new investor Arcelor Mittal, the conclusion with the vote in the referendum.
Starting from last Monday, the assemblies were held jointly by the trade unionists of Fim Cisl, Fiom Cgil, Uilm, and Usb, the metalworking abbreviations that signed the agreement. For the unions, the workers are sharing and supporting the agreement that secures 10 700 jobs, of which 8200 are in Taranto, out of about 13 500 of the group. Mittal will make the assumptions immediately.
For the workers? A well-defined scheme
The passage of workers from Ilva in the extraordinary administration to the multinational will be faced in the coming days in the union negotiation but following a defined scheme. To determine the transition, a series of parameters will be used, such as seniority, the role covered, family expenses, etc., all calculated through the weighted average of the various parameters we observe.
Those who will not transit through the new company with the hiring will remain with Ilva in the extraordinary administration with extraordinary redundancy funds.
For Taranto, there are about 2,000 people, 300 of whom will, however, be employed by the commissioners of the extraordinary administration to manage the piece of land reclamation that, excluded from the expertise of Mittal, touches manage Ilva.
It aims to dispose of most of those who will not be hired by Mittal, through voluntary, incentivized and facilitated exodus. For these outputs, there is a per capita bonus of 100 thousand gross Euros starting immediately, which decreases with time. Resources, union sources explain, that will come from the rentalsteel fee that Mittal will initially correspond to the extraordinary administration. It is estimated that about 2,000 early departures can be made in Taranto, even if several unions consider this number to be overestimated.
In any case, those who don’t accept the voluntary exodus to remain with the Ilva extraordinary administration, at the end of the implementation of the industrial and environmental plans of Mittal in 2023, will receive from the multinational a proposal for employment. The agreement to Mise provides for it and this guarantee clause is underlined by the trade unions as a strength of the agreement which also provides for the strengthening and expansion of a series of environmental measures, several of which have been anticipated in time of implementation. Ratified the agreement, from next week Mittal will enter the company and for a month and a half will be in cohabitation and close collaboration with Ilva. The effective and formal takeover of the multinational will happen on November 1st, once all legal practices related to the passage have been closed. Meanwhile, there have been criticisms from the “Free and Thinking” (Liberi e Pensanti) and former Movimento 5 Stelle, in the manner in which it took place. The consultation in Taranto, but criticisms rejected by the unions, which highlight the high attendance at the meetings and the appreciation received by the unions for the work done in these months of negotiation at Mise, which saw two protagonists of two governments.
The controversy on environmental measures and the declarations of Alessandro Marescotti (Peacelink)
The controversy over the effectiveness of environmental measures also remains. In particular, on the possibility of determining, by means of a preliminary assessment if Ilva, once the investments are made, will still produce health damage to the population in terms of diseases and to what extent. A point recalled in a document of Archdiocese of Taranto and also by the former DG of Arpa Puglia, Giorgio Assennato, while Alessandro Marescotti, referent of the environmentalist association, Peacelink, one of the most active on the anti-Ilva front, declares through the social media: “It isn’t true that we’ll have fewer emissions, Di Maio considers only the emissions conveyed, not the widespread ones that are the real reason why the population (area Tamburi) is in danger, with the increase of production to 8 million tons per year, for more with plants partly outside the norm, a part of the population will be exposed to an unacceptable carcinogenic risk as documented by the Assessment of Health Damage of Arpa Puglia We are facing a very strong threat – says Marescotti – that we must see everyone mobilized non-violent, with the children and the mothers in the front row, we will sink the government into shame “.
Taranto – The farewell of the municipal councilor M5S to the Movement: “Di Maio has betrayed the city”
The municipal councilor Massimo Battista (a steelworker with a past as an activist in the Citizens Committee and free and thinking workers) has left the council group Grillino and joined the Misto group.
“I will continue my work as an independent – he explained – out of respect for the more than a thousand people who voted for me. M5S betrayed Taranto electorate because in 2017 it talked about the closure of the plant, economic reconversion, and reclamation, as demonstrated the 600,000 leaflets we distributed at the time“.
Regarding an imminent visit by deputy premier Luigi Di Maio, Battista reiterated: “He made promises that he then betrayed, I don’t think if he’ll come to Taranto he will be well received“. The point of confrontation is, of course, the agreement with Arcelor Mittal, which will detect the steel giant. An agreement defined by Di Maio as “the best possible”, which safeguards 10,700 jobs but leaves many doubts to the Tarantini from an environmental point of view.
So much so that a group of citizens took to the streets immediately after to say no to the agreement and handed back the ballot papers in protest.
Ilva Taranto, 94% of yes in the referendum on the agreement with Arcelor Mittal
The workers of Taranto said “yes” to the agreement with Arcelor Mittal, with 94% of votes in favor of the referendum. This is reported by union sources, stating that the voters were 6,866 out of 10,820 with rights: 6,452 in favor, 392 against, 12 abstainers and 10 the nil. The turnout was low.