Acciaierie d’Italia, formerly Ilva, is again in the administrative courts. One month after the filing of the sentence of the Council of State, which avoided the shutdown of the plants in the hot area of the Taranto plant and canceled the mayor’s ordinance, the new conflict is now at the TAR of Lazio, which has reserved the decision. On 20 July there was the hearing on the appeal with which Acciaierie d’Italia challenged a decree of the Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani.
The tug-of-war over compliance
Subject, the work to bring the battery 12 that produces coke for blast furnaces up to standard. The company has asked to postpone the completion of the works to the end of January 2022. Cingolani, on the other hand, reiterated the deadline, 30 June 2021, specifying that the non-fulfillment by Acciaierie d’Italia would have resulted in the shutdown of battery 12 from 1 July with the completion of the stop within 10 days.
The former Ilva appealed to the Lazio TAR and the lawyers, at the hearing, exhibited a document from Ispra according to which the stop of the battery requires at least 60 days and not the 10 established by the ministry. This is also a point recalled by the company’s lawyers together with the production damage deriving from the lower production of cast iron as there is less coke available for the three blast furnaces running in Taranto.
The strike in the group
But the day of 20 July was also marked by a 24-hour strike in the entire steel group. Called by Fim Cisl, Fiom Cgil and Uilm, the strike was intended on the one hand to protest against the management of the company and the use of layoffs and, on the other hand, to invite, once again, the Government to change the problem, given that the State, with Invitalia, is now a partner of ArcelorMittal Italia in Acciaierie d’Italia.
In Taranto there was a sit in under the Prefecture. In Genoa, however, the protest will continue until July 29 with an hour of strike a day against the layoffs. The metalworking acronyms speak of “high adhesion” to the strike of 20 July net of the command staff, that is, obliged to stay on the plants for safety reasons.