Steelmaking giant ArcelorMittal announced Thursday that it would shut down six cold-processing facilities in the Liege region of eastern Belgium, eliminating 1,300 jobs, infuriating the prime minister and triggering a strike call by trades unions.
A steel slab is pictured is the hot mill train, on January 9, 2013 in Florange, eastern France. Steel giant ArcelorMittal will shut down six cold-processing facilities in Belgium cutting 1,300 jobs and triggering a strike call from unions.
The news, which the company said resulted from weak European demand for steel, left Socialist Belgian premier Elio Di Rupo livid ahead of a meeting with Indian metals magnate Lakshmi Mittal who owns the company, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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