Trade unions lash out at Lakshmi Mittal

Jul 25, 2012, 08:21 IST | AFP

Irate trade unionists lashed out at Olympics organisers yesterday for allowing Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal to carry the torch after wrecking the lives of laid-off workers

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.

Lakshmi Mittal with Indian athletes in London on Monday.

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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