ArcelorMittal Steel Workers In Algeria On Strike

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- More than 6,000 workers at an ArcelorMittal steel factory have gone on strike, despite a local court ruling barring them from doing so.

Steel workers at the El-Hadjar plant in Annaba, a coastal town in Eastern Algeria, say they are protesting ArcelorMittal's refusal to follow through with a promised pay raise.

Mohamed Abdeldaim, one of the factory's managers, said the company will use "all legal measures" to force workers to end the strike, which began Monday.

The factory is the biggest plant in Annaba and has been plagued by social conflict for years. It was bought by ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel producer, in 2001.

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