Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Union wins battle with Fiat at Constitutional Court


Rome, July 3 - The left-wing FIOM trade union has
won a battle with Fiat over worker representation at the
carmaker at Italy's Constitutional Court.
The FIOM, the metalworkers' arm of Italy's biggest
trade-union Confederation, the CGIL, petitioned against being
excluded from Fiat's company union representation body (RSA) for
not having signed labour agreements with the company.
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 the RSA, even if they
had taken part in the negotiations.
The FIOM has been engaged in a series of bitter fights with
Fiat in recent years.
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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