Embraco puts Italian redundancies on ice

Salaries covered for 2018 says union official, Calenda satisfied

(ANSA) - Rome, March 2 - The controversial redundancies of close to 500 workers at an Embraco fridge-component-making plant near Turin, with production set to be shifted to Slovakia, have been put on ice, the company and Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Friday. Italy referred the case to European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who vowed to be intransigent if it turns out that Slovakian incentives to lure the company there constitute illegal State aid.
    European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has also intervened in the case of Embraco, a Brazilian unit of US multinational Whirlpool.
    "An agreement for the suspension of the dismissals has been reached to allow time to work on the reindustrialization (of the site), which Embraco and Whirlpool have committed themselves to," Calenda said.
    "We are satisfied. Now the aim is the reindustrialization". The FIOM trade union said the workers salaries were guaranteed for the rest of the year. "We have confirmation that the dismissal letters for 2018 have been put on ice pending the reindustrialization (plan)," said Lino La Mendola of FIOM's Turin branch.
    "The salaries should be fully covered for this year.
    "We expect a solution from January 1, 2019 onwards too.
    "There must be a solution that stops the threat of any workers being kicked out against their will.
    "We won't sign up for redundancies".