People wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte outside the Ilva steel plant, which ArcelorMittal is threatening to abandon over a legal row with the government, in Taranto, Italy, November 8, 2019 (REUTERS/Ciro De Luca).
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At the Taranto steelmill, disillusioned workers await its fateDisillusioned, tired, and now at risk of losing their jobs, workers at the Taranto steelmill faced Friday an uncertain future as global giant ArcelorMittal decides if it will walk away from Europe's biggest integrated plant.The Luxembourg-based steel giant planned to invest 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in Taranto to curb pollution by 2024, and was given a period of legal immunity to bring the site up to environmental standards.ArcelorMittal had originally said it planned to invest a total 2.4 billion euros in the plant to revive it, including 1.2 billion to curb pollution. The plant is currently losing almost 2.0 million euros a day, unions say.Former worker Emmanuele Palmisaro, 45, calculated that around 1,660 people had been laid off by Ilva before the arrival of ArcelorMittal, which cut another 1,400 jobs owing to the sluggish market for steel during its short tenure.
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