Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Fiat to keep its four plants operating in Italy


(ANSA) - Rome, October 16 - Auto giant Fiat's new
industrial plan says that it will keep its four Italian plants
operating, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday.
The car giant has recently been criticised for a U-turn on
plans to invest 20 billion euros over five years.
Following Tuesday meetings Fiat announced temporary layoffs
for 5,000 of its employees at its Melfi factory in southern
Italy for the months of November and December, the FISMIC
autoworkers union said.
In September, Fiat told the government that it would remain
in Italy but could not invest in plants or products until the
market was right.
"Anyone operating in the automotive sector in Europe
today is experiencing varying degrees of unhappiness. The
European car market is a disaster," Marchionne said.
Figures for the Italian automobile manufacturer last
September were exceptionally negative and reflected an 18.5%
drop in European sales, largely due to the poor performance of
the Italian market.
The chief economist for the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in September that
Italy's economy was "not open enough to attract investments and
persuade a large group like Fiat to stay in the country.
Union leaders on Tuesday confirmed the company's
reassurance that they would stay in the country.
"The meeting (with Fiat) went well," the head of the UIL
trade union, Luigi Angeletti said.
More specifics regarding Fiat's plans for future operations
in the country will be announced on October 30, the company's
CEO said.

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