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ArcelorMittal says `very saddened` by death of Alain Vigneron

PTI | Last Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 00:27

New Delhi: World`s largest steel maker ArcelorMittal on Tuesday said it is "very saddened to learn of the death of Alain Vigneron" and would extend all possible support to the bereaved family.

The steelworker who worked at Liege area of Belgium, as per media reports, facing unemployment had hanged himself at the weekend leaving a suicide note personally blaming ArcelorMittal Chief Lakshmi Mittal for closing plants across Europe.

"I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Alain Vigneron - my condolences go to his family. We have been aware of the difficulties he had been experiencing for many years and had been providing psychological counselling and support to him.

"The company is ready to provide all the necessary support to Mr Vigneron`s family. I also urge any Liege employees who feel they need counselling to contact our support unit as soon as possible," ArcelorMittal Liege CEO Bernard Dehut said in a statement.

A medical-psychological-social unit at ArcelorMittal Liege has been in place for approximately 20 years and its objective is to support those workers and their families who are facing difficulties in their professional or private lives, the company said.

Additionally, an emergency call service has been implemented since the announcement of October 2011, concerning the closure of the liquid phase of steel making in Liege. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it added.

The 45-year old employee Vigneron, as per reports, said in the note accusing Mittal: "He`s robbed me of everything, my job, my family."

"I`ve fought for 31 years to have even a small something of my own and now I`ll lose my job, and how many other families will lose theirs, Mr Mittal?" he wrote as per reports.

The steel giant has been laying off workforce at several places, including in Europe following demand slump and other problems.

First Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 00:27

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