LONDON ArcelorMittal SAs closure plans for its
steelworks at Liège in Belgium have been deemed
unacceptable by trade union representatives.
ArcelorMittals announcement regarding
Liège is a catastrophe for the region, Bart Samyn,
deputy general secretary of IndustriAll, Europes largest
trade union, told AMM sister publication Steel
First Jan. 28.
The steelmaker said last week that it will permanently close
six finishing lines and a coke plant at the Belgian steelworks
due to further weakening of the European economy and the
resultant low demand for its products.
Samyn explained that ArcelorMittal now faces the threat of
nationalization of what remains of the Liège steelworks.
Major political parties in Belgium are already discussing the
Between 4,000 and 5,000 people went on strike following the
Liège closure announcement, including people both
directly and indirectly employed by the company. Protesters in
the area clashed with police Jan. 25 in what local media
described as violent demonstrations of discontent.
A version of this article was first published by AMM
sister publication Steel First.