Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
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Fiat rewards unemployed with 'productivity bonus'

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(ANSA) - Naples, July 30 - Unemployed workers at Italian
automaker Fiat's plant in Pomigliano near Naples will receive a
600-euro "productivity bonus" in their paychecks for July.
The announcement was made Monday by an ex-representative of
the FIM metalworkers union, Gerardo Giannone.
"It's a breath of fresh air for those who are still waiting
to be hired by the 'newco'," Giannone said, referring to the
corporate entity created by Fiat to make negotiations and worker
contracts plant-specific, abandoning a national contract for all
metal workers.
As of January 1, Fiat applied the Pomigliano model-worker
contract to all of its Italian automotive plants.
"Fiat has maintained its promise and has assigned its
production bonus to everyone, including the workers (receiving
unemployment checks) for such a long time," Giannone said.
After long clashes between management and unions,
particularly the leftwing FIOM, plant workers voted in 2010 to
accept the management's terms.
Management asked for more flexibility and greater
productivity from workers in exchange for productivity
incentives, 700 million euros of investments to overhaul Fiat
facilities, and the promise to make a popular car model, the
Panda.
News of the "productivity bonus" for the unemployed comes
on the eve of a major meeting between unions and Fiat CEO Sergio
Marchionne at the company's headquarters in Turin, and just days
after the Pomigliano plant - once an infamous productivity
laggard - received the prestigious international recognition
"Automotive Lean Production 2012".
Sources have indicated that Fiat may soon turn to
Pomigliano to produce a version of the Panda that runs on
methane.

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