Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

Fiat fires 19 to fulfil court order to hire union workers

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Turin, October 31 - Fiat upped the stakes in a
long-running industrial dispute on Wednesday when it said it had
to fire 19 employees at its Pomigliano d'Arco plant near Naples
to comply with a court order to hire members of the left-wing
trade union FIOM.
This month a Rome court ordered the carmaker to hire the
FIOM members after they successfully sued for unfair
discrimination.
Fiat did not take on any FIOM members when it set up a new
corporate entity to run the Pomigliano factory in 2010 after a
dispute with the union over the policies the company wanted to
implement there.
Fiat, Italy's largest private employer and biggest
industrial company, has been going through a period of
tumultuous labor relations as it tries to restructure its
operations in Italy, its largest market.
The Pomigliano plant is where the company builds the newest
version of its Panda sub-compact, which was previously produced
in Poland.
In order to improve its operations' efficiency, the company
has abandoned traditional wage and labor agreements, taking a
more forceful approach to unions, closing some Italian
facilities and shifting production to countries with lower labor
costs.
"The company is committed to finding the solution which
allows it to respect the order while creating the least possible
difficulties to those employees who have shared its project (for
Pomigliano) and who, with great enthusiasm and spirit of
collaboration, have been the protagonists in the launch of the
new Panda," read a Fiat statement.
"The company has for some time stressed that its current
structure is oversized with respect to the demand from the
Italian and European markets,' said the company, adding that it
has already had to rely on temporary layoffs recently at the
plant because of low demand and will do so again at the end of
November.

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