Steel giant signs safety dealJuly 2008
The world's largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, has signed a deal with trade unions to improve the company's health and safety standards.
Under the agreement, said to be a steel industry first, the company will improve training and education programmes and set up a joint management and trade union health and safety committee at all its plants. In addition, there will be a global committee to decide which sites need particular attention.
The agreement was signed last month by the company, the European Metalworkers' Federation, United Steelworkers, and the International Metalworkers' Federation.
The business has spent the last few years buying and updating plants in the former Soviet Union and Africa, where safety standards have often been poor.
The agreement comes in the wake of a series of accidents at plants in Kazakhstan over the past four years, including one that killed 30 people this year.
Chief executive Lakshmi Mittal, whose company has 310,000 employees in more than 60 countries and a turnover of more than $100billion (£51.3bn), said the aim was to 'set a new benchmark for the industry'. The company is currently recruiting country CSR managers.
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