Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Fiat slow demand means temporary layoffs at Pomigliano


(ANSA) - Naples, August 29 - Fiat is blaming sluggish auto
demand for its decision to place workers at its Pomigliano plant
on temporary layoff for two weeks this fall.
Fiat, Italy's biggest private-sector employer, told its
unions Wednesday that production will be halted from Sept. 24 to
Oct. 5.
Italian metal workers union FIOM said the announcement was
"not surprising."
"It is evident that the forecasts were too optimistic,"
said Giorgio Airaudo,national secretary of FIOM in Turin.
The trade union and Fiat have been locked in a dispute over
the fate of 145 union members.
Fiat tried and failed to overturn a court order to hire the
workers at its Pomigliano d'Arco plant, which produces the small
Fiat didn't rehire any FIOM members when it set up a new
corporate entity to run the factory in 2010 after a dispute with
the union over policies the company wanted to implement in
A Rome court in June ruled that that was unfair
discrimination, ordered Fiat to take on the FIOM members and
awarded 19 of them 3,000 euros in damages.
FIOM, which is linked to the nation's biggest union CGIL,
claimed that, among other things, the Pomigliano accord is
against the Italian constitution because it infringes on
workers' right to strike.
Fiat said the agreement was necessary to boost productivity
and make the facility viable, and has introduced similar
factory-specific deals at other plants in Italy.

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