FIOM union threatens Fiat with general strike image

Italian auto union FIOM is determined to take action against Fiat’s plans to extend to all its plants the employment deals enacted at Pomigliano d’Arco.

FIOM’s secretary general Maurizio Landini said that “FIAT has already been found guilty in court of enacting anti-union policies and we plan to take the legal route on this issue. We will also implement action, leveraging nationwide solidarity.”

The auto union will call a two-hour stoppage to protest plans by Fiat to scrap its existing labour contracts next year and could call a wider general strike, the union’s secretary general added. He said the stoppage will be held every day until the next meeting of the union’s central committee on November 29.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne replied that the termination of the collective contract “has a purely technical aspect and is a response to our decision to exit the Confindustria”, adding the decision was the next logical step and should have come as no surprise.

Fiat Auto SpA sent a letter on Monday to its unions saying it would scrap all labor contracts at factories in Italy after December 31. The decision came after the Italian automaker introduced more flexible labor contracts at three of its five facilities in the country, in an attempt to increase productivity and reduce absenteism.