Bosnia railway strike hits metals sector

SARAJEVO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Steel major ArcelorMittal
halted production in Bosnia’s Serb Republic on Monday
because the region’s railway company has failed to end a strike
by engine drivers, a general manager of its iron ore unit said.
“We had to halt the operation today since our storage space
is full. It would take at least five days to restart the work
once the traffic is restored,” said Murari Mukherjee of
ArcelorMittal Prijedor irone ore mine.
The week-long strike, which has prevented the company from
delivering supplies to its customers, has cost the mine 160,000
euros ($221,840) per day and has also incured damage to its
customers, he told reporters.
The strike has also choked supplies of feedstock for the
Balkan country’s sole steelmaker, ArcelorMittal Zenica, located
in the Muslim-Croat federation, Bosnia’s other autonomous half.
“The steelmaker was running out of ingots needed for normal
operation and also had to stop its coking unit,” Mukherjee said.
ArcelorMittal Zenica had said it expected to return to
pre-crisis production levels of 650,000 tonnes of steel this
year and increase it by 10 percent in 2012.    
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