Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
PIACENZA

Plans continue to cut 107 IKEA jobs in Piacenza

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Piacenza, November 7 - A contractor working for
Swedish giant IKEA said Wednesday that it is going ahead with
plans to cut 107 warehouse jobs in Piacenza, despite sometimes
violent protests by workers.
Although further protests were planned for late Wednesday,
CGS, a consortium that manages warehouse work on behalf of IKEA,
said the jobs will be cut on Thursday.
A contract dispute between the consortium and the cargo
workers, mostly Egyptian nationals who say the employer is not
abiding by contract conditions, has been blamed for the job
losses.
"The direct and immediate consequence is that 107
employees...will be forced to give up their jobs," said
Francescso Milza, a spokesman for the consortium.
"For our part, we thank those who tried to find a
solution".
Last Friday, protesters clashed with police outside the
Piacenza warehouse when they tried to block other employees from
crossing their picket line to go to work.
At least 12 people were taken to hospital with injuries.
The cargo workers, represented by the Cobas trade union,
are not employed by the Swedish furniture giant directly but by
the consortium working on IKEA's behalf.
Piacenza Mayor Paolo Dosi, the city counsellor responsible
for labour, Luigi Rabuffi, and the Egyptian consul to Italy had
tried to mediate in the dispute.

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