Fiat says four out of its five major unions have inked a deal that will seal transfer of new Panda production from Poland to Italy.
The CISL-FIM, UIL-UILM AND FISMIC unions held a meeting with Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne today (9 July) in Turin, although the company’s major labour organisation, FIOM was notably absent.
FIOM has bitterly opposed Fiat’s conditional proposals, which hinged on the introduction of new working practices at the Pomigliano d’Arco plant near Naples, arguing that further rights should be enshrined first, but the manufacturer has backed its staff at the plant who recently voted 62% in favour of the deal.
“We are transferring [Panda work) from Poland to Italy,” a Fiat spokeswoman confirmed to just-auto from Turin. “We don’t know when it will be, it is not immediate. It takes a bit of time.”
Transfer of Panda work should secure some EUR700m (US$884m) of investment in the Naples plant.
Today’s meeting agreed to implement the agreement reached on 15 June and although no precise details are yet known of the wording, Fiat says the deal will guarantee continuity at the plant as well as offering its workers improved prospects.
A statement from Fiat notes: “Execution of the agreement according to the stipulated terms and conditions is essential to Fiat maintaining its commitment to realisation of the Fabbrica Italia project.”
It is not yet clear what will happen to any potential spare capacity at Fiat’s Polish operation.