Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Unions ask Fiat CEO to clarify Italy investment plans


(ANSA) – Rome, September 18 – Union bosses on Tuesday called
on Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne to clarify his position concerning
the automaker's future in Italy after he said its investment
plans had changed due to the economic crisis.
Raffaele Bonanni, general secretary of CISL, asked
Marchionne to convene leaders immediately and "clarify just one
point: if he intends to maintain and use the Fabbrica Italy plan
when the market picks up, or if he doesn't want to use it any
more, independently of the market situation".
In an interview with Rome-based daily La Repubblica
published on Tuesday the Fiat boss said the plan to invest some
20 billion euros in facilities in Italy by 2014 "was based on
100 things and half of them no longer exist because of the
However he denied that Fiat would be leaving Italy or
closing any of its Italian plants.
Fiom metalworkers union leader Giorgio Airaudo on Tuesday
said "these are not reassurances, they are just a way of buying
time" and called on the government to take action to end Fiat's
monopoly of the national auto market.
He was echoed by Susanna Camusso, leader of Italy's biggest
union, CGIL, who said in an interview to the daily L'Unita' that
"if, as everything suggests, Fiat is oriented towards reducing
production, the government needs to ask itself how to attract
another producer.
"Italy has always taken for granted the fact that cars are
produced by Fiat and Fiat alone; instead the idea needs to be
affirmed that the production of means of transport in the
country cannot be the result of the choices made by a single

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