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Union presses for agreement with gov't commission on restarting MAL alumina plant

Chemical workers union VDSz on Monday pressed for a professional agreement with a government commissioner on restarting production at MAL Hungarian Aluminum Producing and Trading Company's alumina plant as soon as possible.

Every minute the plant remains shut down is expensive, VDSz said.

The plant, in W Hungary, was shut down a week earlier, after one of its sludge reservoirs ruptured, flooding several villages and killing at least eight people. On Monday, Parliament approved legislation that gives a government commissioner managerial powers at the company as well as control of its assets.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday said it was “in the public interest” that production restart at the alumina plant and that jobs there be kept safe, but added that steps must be taken to prevent further damage to the environment. (MTI-Econews)