November 7, 2019 / 1:04 PM / 10 days ago

Italy's unions call for 24-hour strike on November 8 over ArcelorMittal row

FILE PHOTO: The ILVA steel plant is seen in Taranto, southern Italy April 27, 2018. Picture taken April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME (Reuters) - Italian metalworkers unions called on Thursday for a 24-hour strike on Nov. 8 to protest against ArcelorMittal’s plan for thousands of job cuts at its troubled Ilva unit which it is threatening to abandon over a legal row with the government.

The FIM, FIOM, UILM unions said the next few hours would be “decisive for the future of thousands of workers” and they would press Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for “strong and unequivocal action” at a meeting on Thursday.

They called for a 24 hour strike at ArcelorMittal (MT.AS) plants in Italy starting at 7.00 a.m. on Friday.

ArcelorMittal announced on Monday it would withdraw from a deal to buy Ilva, accusing the government of reneging on a promise to give it immunity from prosecution over Ilva’s heavily polluting plant in the southern city of Taranto.

Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri, editing by James Mackenzie

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