“The 16 and 18-inches steel mill will be idled until it receives enough orders to secure the activity of the plant. The processing unit will run, as the third production facility, the 20-inches mill is closed for repair and will be opened at the end of March. 80% of the steelmaker’s workforce (1,849) will remain in the unit, while the rest will take a temporary leave”, said the leader of the trade union, Gheorghe Ciobanu.

He said some 380 workers out of 1,849 signed up for voluntary layoff, as 24 workers have already been discharged being compensated with severance pay packages. “Majority of the workers who signed up meet the requirements for retirement”, Ciobanu added.

On the other hand, Arcelor Mittal Iasi plant is operating at full capacity, the leader of the trade union saying there is the likelihood for workers to take a new temporary layoff as of next week.

“74 workers have left so far, half of which working in production, and the rest in the indirectly productive units. 200 persons are signed up on the layoff list of 561overall workforce”, Constantin Rotaru, leader of the trade union at Arcelor Mittal Iasi continued.