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Fiat to make workers idle as it revamps Melfi plant

Factory to change production to 500X SUV, Jeep model

Fiat to make workers idle as it revamps Melfi plant

Potenza, January 15 - Fiat has applied to carry out temporary layoffs for almost two years at its Melfi plant in southern Italy as it revamps the factory to change the models it produces there, unions said on Tuesday. The plant is set to stop production from February 11 until December 31, 2014 so that it can switch from making the Fiat Punto to the carmaker's new 500X SUV and a new model Jeep. The left-wing FIOM union expressed "strong concern because as of today the investment plans for the plant are not known".

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