ArcelorMittal May Fire Up to 400 Workers in Liege, L’Echo Says

ArcelorMittal may eliminate as many as 400 jobs at its Liege plants after unions refused to accept planned cutbacks, L’Echo reported, citing the company and trade unions.

ArcelorMittal told unions yesterday that it was starting an employment commission to cut staff, L’Echo said. The newspaper cited Bernard Dehut, the head of ArcelorMittal’s Liege unit, as saying the unions were denying economic realities by rejecting an earlier social plan that would have cut 86 jobs.

Some 12,000 metric tons of steel deliveries have been delayed by workers’ blockades at the Liege plants since the start of November, L’Echo said.

Giles Read, a spokesman for ArcelorMittal in London, didn’t immediately return voice messages and an e-mail seeking comment. The FGTB Metal Liege trade union didn’t immediately respond to a call and an e-mail seeking comment.

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