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Alcoa workers jump into sea, block ferry

200 protest U.S. aluminum giant's Sardinia shutdown

24 August, 11:31
Alcoa workers jump into sea, block ferry (ANSA) - Cagliari, August 24 - A group of workers from an Alcoa aluminum plant leapt into the sea off the coast of Sardinia on Friday to block a ferryboat from docking and to protest a plant closure. Sources said the workers climbed a fence and forced their way past law-enforcement officers before jumping into the water.

Roughly 200 workers had been demonstrating in the area since early morning. Labor unions and the government have been locked in a dispute with the American aluminum giant over the company's move to shut down a smelter and put hundreds of jobs at risk. Alcoa has promised to keep all workers at its Portovesme plant employed through the end of the year, but it plans to start powering down the smelter on September 1.