In a letter to Olympic chief Jacques Rogge, the leaders of four unions in Belgium and Luxembourg, home to Mittal-owned mills, said it was “a veritable insult” to have named him a torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Mittal, the main sponsor of a giant red tower by the Olympics stadium, will carry the torch Thursday, along with his son, on the eve of the opening of the event.
“Since Mr Mittal became No 1 in the steel business, he has fired almost 70,000 workers across the world,” the trade unionists said.
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