Fiat workers to be rehired, says appeals court
Disputed layoffs of 145 overturned19 October, 12:07
The trade union and Fiat have been locked in a dispute over the fate of the union members.
Fiat tried and failed to overturn a court order to hire the workers at its Pomigliano d'Arco plant, which produces the small Panda.
Fiat didn't rehire any FIOM members when it set up a new corporate entity to run the factory in 2010 after a dispute with the union over policies the company wanted to implement in Pomigliano.
A Rome court in June ruled that was unfair discrimination, ordered Fiat to take on the FIOM members and awarded 19 of them 3,000 euros in damages.
FIOM, which is linked to the nation's biggest union CGIL, claimed that, among other things, the Pomigliano accord is against the Italian constitution because it infringes on workers' right to strike.
Fiat said the agreement was necessary to boost productivity and make the facility viable, and has introduced similar factory-specific deals at other plants in Italy.