Hardline Fiat union, FIOM, is to appeal against a swathe of rulings imposed by the Labour Court of Turin as it looks to secure union recognition at the automaker’s Italian plants.

The Labour Court found in favour of the automaker through its Fiat and Fiat Industrial companies as FIOM has not signed the company agreement, which would pave the way for its labour body representation.

“It was the Court’s finding both groups had correctly applied Article 19 of the
Workers’ Statute and it upheld the provision stating only those unions who
are signatories to company agreements have the right to appoint representatives,” said a Fiat statement.

“This ruling underscores the clear and unambiguous intent of the law:
entitlement to and attribution of union rights only applies to signatories of
company agreements. Any other interpretation is absolutely contrary to the
letter and spirit of the law.”

Unsurprisingly FIOM – long at loggerheads with Fiat concerning its requirement for new productivity deals – does not agree noting it intends to contest the decision.

“We will ask for a second appeal,” a FIOM spokesman told just-auto. “We are waiting for the text because the Tribunal said Fiat was right but they have to put out the reasons for this.

“This will be several pages and then we will ask for an appeal.”