The employees of steel industries Halyvourgiki and Hellenic Halyvourgia have agreed to mobilize, after the management of Halyvourgiki announced its intention to suspend 95% of its staff for six weeks.

Employee representatives from the two industries are going to visit the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Yannis Maniatis in order to discuss the possibility of cheaper industrial energy.

The steel industries have complained that the cost of energy in Greece is significantly higher than European prices, hindering their competitiveness.

The employees began to mobilize on the 17th of February, when the suspension measure came into effect. According to the plan, the employees will receive 50% of their wages and an unemployment benefit from OAED.

On Tuesday the employees held a demonstration at the tollbooths at Elefsina, with more demonstrations and rallies being organized.