Pomigliano d'Arco (Naples)

Rome court rejects Fiat Pomigliano lay-offs appeal

Automaker's decision contested by metalworkers union FIOM

Rome court rejects Fiat Pomigliano lay-offs appeal

Pomigliano d'Arco (Naples), May 6 - A Rome court on Tuesday rejected a second appeal by the left-wing Italian metalworkers' union FIOM against a decision by automaker Fiat to fire 19 employees at its Pomigliano d'Arco plant near Naples in order to comply with a court order to hire 19 of its members. Fabbrica Italia Pomigliano, the corporate entity that runs Fiat's Neapolitan plant, announced the decision last October. FIOM's first appeal was turned down in January. Fiat has been going through a period of tumultuous labour relations as it tries to restructure its operations in Italy, its largest market. The group did not take on any FIOM members when it set up the Fabbrica Italia Pomigliano factory in 2010 after a dispute with the union over the policies it wanted to implement there. FIOM successfully sued for unfair discrimination and in October 2012 a Rome court ordered the workers to be hired. Pomigliano is where Fiat builds the newest version of its Panda sub-compact, which was previously produced in Poland.

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