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ArcelorMittal Poland delays halt of Krakow steel plant

Christian Fernsby |
Flat Products TVN 24 reported that ArcelorMittal Poland said that it has decided to postpone the temporary shutdown of its blast furnace and steel plant in Krakow after protests by workers.

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It said “We have decided to postpone the idling of primary operations in Krakow, originally planned for September as we want to reevaluate the whole situation.”

It said “We would like to once again underline that the idling will be temporary and that none of our employees will lose their job during this standstill.

We are committed to our presence in Poland and want to continue to produce steel here.”

ArcelorMittal had said in May that it would halt for some time the plant in Krakow, southern Poland, in September, due to rising carbon emission costs and surging power prices.

The steel maker, which employs more than 11,000 people in Poland, said in May that the decision to shut the blast furnace and steel plant would affect 1,200 people, who would be transferred to other jobs or granted idle-time pay.

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