The ArcelorMittal staff de Zumarraga will begin on Saturday, with a demonstration in this Guipuzcoan town, the mobilizations against the “partial closure” of the plant, which include a 24-hour strike that will begin at dawn on Wednesday 23.
The assembly of workers of this factory has approved today the protests on a calendar agreed by the unions with representation in the works committee, CCOO, ELA, LAB y UGT.
On the day of the strike, which will take place from 06:00 on Wednesday to 06:00 on Thursday, ArcelorMittal employees will travel to Vitoria-Gasteiz to concentrate before the headquarters of the Basque Government.
There, as LAB sources have indicated, he plans to denounce the words of the Executive spokesman, Josu Erkoreka, for saying the dismissal of Arcelor in Zumarraga will give “oxygen” to the ACB of Sestao.
In addition, on Monday they will make a caravan of cars through Zumarraga and on Saturday the 26th they will focus on Donostia-San Sebastian before the provincial palace to demand the government of the jeltzale Markel Olano its “involvement” to prevent the closure of the plant.
In a new assembly, the date of which has not yet been set, Arcelor Mittal workers will analyze new mobilizations.
Rejection of the management’s proposal
The works council It has also expressed its rejection of the proposal made by the multinational. “We can sit down to negotiate an industrial plan and the continuity of the plant, but we will not do it to negotiate 350 transfers as they say. We want there to be a workload in Zumarraga and see how we can all make it viable,” he said. one of the UGT managers on the committee.
Regarding the next contacts with the management of the plant, the works council still does not have an appointment set with it and considers that the consultation period could be lengthened. “Theoretically they told us that for next week there could be a meeting, but working days are not many with Easter in between and it will probably be later,” he said.
Request for “loyalty”
The mayor of Zumarraga, Mikel Serrano (PSE-EE), today asked the lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, and the general deputy of Gipuzkoa, Markel Olano, both of the PNV, “loyalty” with this municipality, while claiming them ” their support for the ArcelorMittal plant “of the population and its workers.
The first mayor has requested, in a note, Urkullu and Olano that “they do not focus their efforts on the survival” of this firm’s Gipuzkoan factories in Olaberria and Bergara, and in Sestao in Biscay, “at the expense of Zumarraga’s “.
Urola Garaia asks for “all efforts”
Mayors of Zumarraga, Urretxu, Legazpi and Ezkio-Itsaso They have signed a statement regarding the “partial closure” of the ArcelorMittal plant in the first location, in which it requires the Indian multinational to make “all efforts” to maintain the factory’s activity.
The mayor of Zumarraga, Mikel Serrano; Urretxu, Jon Luqui; Ezkio-Itsaso, Garikoitz Aiesta, and the mayor of Legazpi, Koldobike Olabide, have read this joint text in an appearance that took place this afternoon at the culture house of the first town.
The first councilors have shown your “full support” to employees of Arcelor before the announcement of the “partial closure” of the company, as well as the auxiliary companies linked to the factory “in these difficult times”.
They call on citizens to participate “in each and every one” of the mobilizations called by women workers to defend “employment at ArcelorMittal Zumarraga.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.