Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
TURIN

Marchionne says Fiat committed to invest in Italy

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Turin, September 4 - Automaker Fiat will continue
to invest in Italy, including production of a Maserati SUV at
the company's plant in Mirafiori, chief executive Sergio
Marchionne said Wednesday.
Fiat confirmed its decision by signing a contract with
seven unions on flexible work rules.
"Fiat decided to continue with the program of investment in
Italy, despite the precarious economic and political context in
which we are operating," Marchionne said in a letter to
employees.
Now, he said, is the point in the life of the company when
"bold decisions" are demanded.
Earlier this week, Fiat had questioned its future in Italy
after a constitutional court ruling that required the
manufacturer to accept representatives of the metalworkers union
FIOM that refused to accept company contract terms.
The contract signed Wednesday at Mirafiori continues the
same flexible work rules that are in force at four other Fiat
plants.
Production of the Maserati is slated to begin next year for
release in 2015.
Fiat has been engaged in a long tussle with the left-wing
FIOM union over its drive to introduce more flexible working
practices in Italy to make the plants profitable.
Marchionne told union representatives that 5,300 workers at
Mirafiori would be temporarily laid off in October and put on
CIG benefits while production lines are made ready for it to
produce the Maserati SUV model.
Rocco Palombella, the secretary general of the UILM union,
said Fiat had pledged to invest just under one billion euros in
Mirafiori.
Ferdinando Uliano of the FIM union said the carmaker also
planned to produce another model at Mirafiori in addition to
Maserati SUV, while stressing that the company had not said when
this would happen.

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