Socialize the losses after privatizing the profits

Socialize the losses after privatizing the profits

The ILVA case in Taranto
The Ilva plant in the city of Taranto is the main Italian steel factory. The factory is in the city and covers an area bigger than that of the living quarters.
The Riva family, which represents the property, has always been bound with the church and both local and national political power. The Ilva factory throughout the last century has employed most of the citizens of Taranto, regardless of the environmental impact and the health of the inhabitants, becoming one of the most important port for the whole steel market in Europe.
Last summer for the first time in the history of Italy, the judiciary has the courage to go against the industrial Riva’s family, with an order that prevents them from producing if they do not stop polluting. The city rises, the Unions are split, the government trembles and tries to make laws against the judiciary to guarantee the production, some components of the Riva family were arrested on warrants international issues, the finished products by a worth billions of euro are locked in the yard of the port as a crime.
In Taranto an important organization born in this situation is the Comitato di cittadini e lavoratori liberi e pensanti (Committee of Free and thinking Citizens and Workers): they usually have meeting where everyone can talk, and for months they discussed about how the city can not sell health to the blackmail of work. They claim that Ilva could have a serious plan that garantees both work and the renewal of equipment and the health of the land.
The property Ilva puts layoff 6000 workers, and calls for continuing to pollute with a promise to renew the plants over time.
In extreme sinstesi oppose the fact that the family Riva discharges the liability for the renewal of equipment on citizens and workers. Socialize the losses after privatizing the profits. A lot of profits.
Riva Fire, Ilva (Riva fire group), Riva Acciao (Riva fire group), are on the top in the 2011 Mediobanca’s final report of the industrial italian companies ranking (http://www.mbres.it/it/publications/leading-italian-companies).
Emanuele Braga

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