ArcelorMittal Brasil sends workers on collective vacations

ArcelorMittal Brasil sends workers on collective vacations

After announcing output cuts and the advancing of maintenance stoppages at some of its Brazilian mills, ArcelorMittal told Steel Business Briefing it has started to run a programme of collective vacations.

At its Juiz de Fora works in Minas Gerais state, 65% of the 1,100 workers will go on vacation on 10 December, coming back probably on 2 January. The mill, which has capacity to produce 1m tonnes/year of crude steel and 220,000 t/y of wire products, brought its December production forward to November.

ArcelorMittal Monlevade, also located in Minas Gerais and with a 1.2m t/y long steel capability, is shutting down its two wire rod mills in November and December. Workers from the No 2 mill will be on vacation between 25 November and 10 December, while the No 1 mill employees will not work from 12 to 31 December.

In Espírito Santo state, ArcelorMittal Cariacica will have 80% of its workforce of 440 on collective vacation. A first group went already on vacation on 13 November, and a second one will stop working today (1 December), coming back on 2 January.

Finally, workers of ArcelorMittal Piracicaba, located in São Paulo state, will also go on vacation, although no details on this case have been given. This unit has 470 direct workers and a crude steel capacity of 1.1m t/y.

In the case of ArcelorMittal Brasil’s flat operations – Tubarão and Vega do Sul – there are as yet no details about collective vacation. However, Tubarão will have its production cut by 35%, as SBB has already reported.

Steel Business briefing 12/01/08

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