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'Enough' say unions after hydro-plant disaster

'Enough' say unions after hydro-plant disaster

Search for four missing people unsuccessful so far

ROME, 11 April 2024, 10:51

ANSA English Desk



The UIL and CGIL trade unions marched in Bologna on Thursday to demand action on health and safety after this week's explosion at Enel Green Power's Bargi hydroelectric plant on Lake Suviana, which killed three people, with four others missing, feared dead.
    The disaster, in which five other people were injured, is the latest in a long series of deadly workplace accidents in Italy.
    Police said at least 1,500 people took part in the demonstration, marching behind a banner that read "Enough Now".
    The unions' members are also striking for eight hours in Emilia Romagna on Thursday, doubling the length of an already-planned nationwide general strike that is especially affecting public transport.
    Investigators have opened a probe into alleged culpable homicide and culpable disaster.
    Firefighters said on Wednesday that there is little hope of finding the missing people alive.
    The search for them continued on Thursday after no one was found overnight.
    The unions have expressed anger that the workers were employed by external contractors.
    "These are sub-contract deaths," said Bologna CGIL Secretary Michele Bulgarelli. "It is a day of anger because, after the shock, I think that yesterday's statement and press conference by Enel Green Power was absurd, unacceptable and unworthy of a civilised country.
    "The offloading of responsibility in the procurement chain sees it list three or four (contractor) companies.
    "But up to today we have official information about which companies employed the employees (involved)". Enel Green Power CEO Salvatore Bernabei said that top companies had been chosen for the work being done at the plant.
    "In order to carry out this technological upgrade of supply, assembly and testing (operations), we had chosen the best companies in the field of electricity and hydroelectricity: Siemens, Abb, Voith," Bernabei said at the plant.
    "When I turn to a contractor, that contractor is synonymous with prestige and seriousness.
    "You have to ask the contractors (about the work subcontracted out), who, in turn, can turn to other specialists, because the work we are doing here is work that can only be done by specialists".


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