On November 28th – in compliance with the October 19th order of the Rome Court of Appeals – Fabbrica Italia Pomigliano (FIP) will hire 19 workers enrolled with FIOM/CGIL who filed a complaint with the Court of Rome for alleged discrimination.
The hiring process will involve those 19 individuals terminating their employment with Fiat Group Automobiles (FGA) and signing a new employment contract that is subject to the pay and work conditions in effect at FIP.
Implementation of the order will create certain distortions.
FIOM presented a list of members from which, in accordance with the October 19th order, a further 126 hires are to be made. That list includes 109 individuals whose effective membership is documented by the fact that they have asked the company to deduct union dues from their pay, in addition to a further 38 individuals whose membership has not been
verified, representing a total of 147. Complying with the Court’s decision will therefore result in FIP hiring 100% of FIOM members currently on the temporary layoff benefit scheme at FGA (87% assuming the additional 38 individuals are bona fide members of FIOM).
Those percentages are significantly higher than for any other trade union and, in effect, guarantee members of FIOM a return to active work duty sooner than any other employees of either FIP or FGA that are currently waiting to return to work. This puts them in a position of privilege that is completely unreasonable.
For Fabbrica Italia Pomigliano, implementation of the order represents further penalization of a company that is already faced with an unfavorable and harshly competitive market environment.
In addition to representing a further financial burden, hiring the FIOM members as ordered by the Court is also completely unjustifiable in operating terms. With the significant contractions in market demand in Italy and Europe, the size of the existing workforce is already in excess of requirements and will require recourse to a total of 48 days of
temporary layoff benefits during the second half of the current year. The hirings are, in fact, taking place at a time when manufacturing activity at the plant has been suspended.