Coronavirus: despite several cases, ArcelorMittal wants to restart its Florange site

Almost all the unions said “no” to the restart of the ArcelorMittal site in Florange (Moselle). Tuesday, an extraordinary CSE (social and economic committee) was held by videoconference between management and union organizations to discuss a possible resumption of activity, according to France Blue.

In the midst of a coronavirus epidemic, the management of the steel giant intended to restart its lines on Wednesday at 1 p.m., according to France 3 Grand Est.

A production agent in resuscitation

Wednesday March 18, after tough negotiations, the Florange site and its 2,200 employees had been paused until Monday March 23, recalls the Lorraine Republican. Friday, the CGT had filed a right of alert for serious and imminent danger (DGI) with the labor inspectorate, to prevent any restart. The trigger came after a production worker was placed in intensive care.

According to France 3 Lorraine, 11 employees are sick, 10 of whom are steelworkers directly assigned to production. An employee of the Grands Bureaux de Florange had fallen ill a week earlier. During Tuesday’s meeting, management confirmed five cases of coronavirus and 60 suspected contamination placed in the fortnight.

“Blackmail for employment”

The CGT, FO, UNSA and the CFDT voted Tuesday against the lifting of the right of alert. The GSC abstained. At the end of the meeting, management maintained its desire to relaunch partial activity on the site.

“ArcelorMittal wants to relaunch Florange at all costs because its activity conditions that of other sites. And we are threatened by telling ourselves that certain activities will not start again after the coronavirus crisis if we do not agree to work now, ”confides an internal source to the Lorraine Republican.

The representative FO secretary at Florange, Lionel Weber, spoke of a “sort of blackmail for employment”, at the microphone France Bleu.

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