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