Demonstration by Arcelor Mittal steel workers:
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 06/02/2013 First transmission: 06/02/2013
Some 30 coaches full of Steelworkers were expected today in Strasbourg from Belgium, Luxembourg and Lorraine (Florange) to protest against further closings in the Arcelor Mittal Group all around Europe. The steelworkers intend to ask European politicians what EU's plans are to counter the massive job cuts ongoing in the steel industry.
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||Various shots of arrival of demo coaches, demonstrators with European Parliament in the background (2 shots).
||SOUNDBITE (French) Alain DIVOK, Steelworker, Industeel (MITTAL Group), Namur, Belgium
"Industeel includes 2 companies, one in France, the other one in Belgium and is part of the site among Mittal that keeps displaying good results. Arcelor Mittal therefore for the moment isn't thinking about closing or restructuring our site, but for how long ? In solidarity with all our comrades we wanted to be here to address the European Parliament"
||Various shots of arrival of demo coaches, demonstrators with European Parliament in the background (5 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Claude BERNARDINI, Steelworker, OGB-L, Luxemburg:
"Concerning Luxemburg, we have one site closed, a second one running only half its capabilities, we're lucky because we could negotiate so to avoid straight jobcuts as French and Belgian colleagues had to face, but still we, in Luxemburg, have lost 1000 jobs among the 5000 that used to exist, and therefore we think it is urgent to set out rules so to preserve industry in Europe."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Vincent TEUGELS, Steelworker, ARCELOR MITTAL, Belgium:
"In fact I'm coming from one of the 5 lines Mittal wishes still to keep up . But when we see his bad will and non respect of the agreements to keep up the lines and to guarantee the work flow, we know perfectly well that those 5 lines will not keep up very long unfortunately. We are here with our comrades to support them. If with this we can change the situation that will be even better .
We went talk with politicians in Belgium. Now we come to see at the European level, as Mittal is a world-wide group and Europe must react on this case".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Edouard MARTIN, Arcelor Mittal Florange, France
"The question we want to ask to the European politician is : how many thousand of jobs will be cut off before they do wake up, how many dozens of companies will have to be closed before Europe makes a move, in front of a predator like Mittal. I recall he has already get rid of 60 000 jobs in Europe, he has been closing sites in Romania, in the Czech Republic, in Poland, Luxemburg, Belgium, France, Spain : what is Europe doing ? Today it is conspicuous by the absence and in this terrible silence we would like to know what does Europe thinks about it and what urgent measures will be taken in order to save steel industry.
We only have actually one question : do they still want to save the steel industry in Europe ? Because if we leave it at Mittal, within 10 years there won't be much left from it in Europe, and knowing how much dependent is Europe from raw material, such as coal, petrol and gas, what is the purpose ? Do we want to be dependent on imports for steel too ? When tomorrow, the soonest the best, economy will rise up again, Europe will have to purchase its steel outside in the world, that's unsustainable."
||Views with demonstrators walking to the European Parliament (6 shots)