Indesit workers protest at company owner's home

Demonstrators carry signs reading 'have a good vacation'

Indesit workers protest at company owner's home

Ancona, August 1 - Over 200 workers from the home-appliance maker Indesit, whose temporary lay-offs were confirmed in June, protested outside the home of the company's owners on Thursday holding signs reading "have a good vacation". "We continue to believe that the Indesit plan damages Italian business by pushing production out of the country and decreasing jobs," UILM representative Vincenzo Gentilucci said. The company said at the beginning of June that it was set to slash 1,425 jobs, including 25 managers, 150 white collar staff and 1,250 factory workers across three Italian manufacturing plants. Immediately following the announcement, unions FIOM-CGIL, FIM-CISL and UILM called for strikes that have been ongoing since the announcement. The company said earlier in June that financial woes called for lay-offs that are also part of 70-million euro restructuring plan. Indesit plans to keep only high-end appliance manufacturing in Italy, and to concentrate low-cost appliance manufacturing in Poland and Turkey.

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