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October 13, 2004

ITALY: Fiat’s Mirafiori plant workers plan restructuring protest

Fiat Auto workers at the company’s Mirafiori plant in Turin are planning to strike for two hours on Thursday in protest at the company’s plans to move some engine production to Argentina and a rescue plan that they say leaves the axe hanging over their plant.

By bcusack

Fiat Auto workers at the company’s Mirafiori plant in Turin are planning to strike for two hours on Thursday in protest at the company’s plans to move some engine production to Argentina and a rescue plan that they say leaves the axe hanging over their plant.

Reuters reported that a union source said that Fiat Auto workers across Italy are due to strike for four hours on Nov. 5, the first nationwide stoppage to hit the loss-making group since April.

Fiat Auto is the latest European vehicle manufacturer to encounter labour union opposition as it struggles to cut costs and increase margins in the cutthroat European marketplace. Both GM and Volkswagen are reportedly planning large headcount reductions at European operations.

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