Hard times for Italy: the Ilva steelworks in Taranto closes.

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A Glimpse of the ilva steelworks in Taranto (Italy)

In recent weeks, Arcelor Mittal, a multinational that acquired the former l’ilva in 2012, terminated the contract by sending 10,000 people home. The interruption of steel production, in addition to the unemployment of people, creates a 1.5% decrease in GDP: a disaster in terms of economy.

The reason for the termination of the contract, according to the statements of the multination, would be that there is no longer any interest in continuing production in the Taranto area. But many have said instead that in reality the reason would be that the company would not want to submit to the rules of the Italian government, which has not renewed the penal shield. Many do not know, that the state, to guarantee the company to work comfortably, has put up criminal shields, to protect any seizures of the judiciary for environmental irregularities.

In fact, due to the steel plant, the Tatanto area has for decades been one of the most polluted areas in Europe and perhaps in the world. Many people in the area surrounding the plant have died of cancer. Almost nothing has been done over the years to avoid this tragedy, and the very high mortality of cancer has scientifically shown how fine particles are 100% the cause of cancer.

For decades it had to go down to the compromise between health and work, an absurd thing. How can the health of citizens be traded for work, which should really be a means of sustenance?