An Italian union closely involved in the dispute with Fiat concerning productivity changes at its Pomigliano d’Arco plant has called on the automaker to show “wisdom” in re-opening dialogue.

The FIOM labour organisation has adopted a hard-line approach to negotiations surrounding the site near Naples, which could secure new Panda work if unions agree to more flexible working.

A recent vote at the plant showed 62% of workers in favour of introducing new practices, a number that FIOM says still shows a substantial number against.

“Our general secretary has used a new word about Fiat – wisdom,” a FIOM spokesman in Rome told just-auto.

“Fiat will show wisdom if it will start new bargaining with the unions, because the referendum has shown many workers don’t agree with the company’s plan. Worker consensus is one of the production mix.”

FIOM is now calling on Fiat to make the next move but a spokeswoman for the manufacturer told just-auto: “There is nothing new at the moment.”