Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Leftwing union defeats Fiat in landmark ruling


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, July 3 - The left-wing FIOM trade union has
won a battle with Fiat over worker representation at the
carmaker in a landmark ruling at Italy's Constitutional Court.
The FIOM, the metalworkers' arm of Italy's biggest
trade-union Confederation, the CGIL, petitioned against being
excluded from the company union representation bodies (RSAs) at
Fiat's plants for not having signed the company's labour
Fiat said it could do this on the basis of article 19 of
the 1970 workers statute.
But the Constitutional Court said in a statement that it
considered illegitimate the part of the article that said unions
who did not sign the collective agreements applied at a
companies' plants could be excluded from RSAs, even if they had
taken part in the negotiations.
"The Constitution has returned to our factories," said FIOM
Secretary General Maurizio Landini. "It's a victory for all
"There are no more alibis now. The government should
immediately call talks with Fiat and all the trade unions on
guaranteeing jobs and an industrial future (for Italy).
"And now parliament should approve a law on (union)
The FIOM has been engaged in a series of bitter fights with
Fiat in recent years over the carmaker's efforts to introduce
new, more flexible working contracts and practices.
Fiat says these are necessary to boost the productivity and
competitiveness of its Italian factories, but FIOM says they
infringe of worker and union rights.
The union successfully petitioned last year for Fiat to
hire 19 of its members at its Pomigliano d'Arco factory near
The carmaker did not take on any of its former FIOM workers
when it set up a special subsidiary to run the Pomigliano plant
in 2010 after a dispute with the union over the flexible labour
practices it wanted to implement there.
In February Fiat told 18 of the workers to stay at home,
saying they would still receive their salaries - the other
member of the 19 was on leave of absence anyway for political
This prompted FIOM to report the issue to prosecutors, who
have opened the probe in the case for alleged discrimination.
"This initiative is the umpteenth expression of an
unprecedented judiciary offensive directed by FIOM against Fiat,
for more than two years, by filing, in connection with the sole
issue of the enjoyment of the 'union rights', 62 lawsuits," the
carmaker said in a statement at the time.
In January Fiat announced that the special subsidiary set
up to run Pomigliano, where Fiat builds the newest version of
its Panda sub-compact, would be wound down and that control of
the factory would return to the mother company.

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