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Gov't finds fault with Electrolux reorganization plan

Concerned business plan focuses 'entirely on labor costs'

29 January, 19:37
Gov't finds fault with Electrolux reorganization plan (ANSA) - Rome, January 29 - Industry Minister Flavio Zanonato on Wednesday called a reorganization plan submitted by Electrolux "unconvincing".

Company representatives were summoned by the government for emergency talks after the electrical-appliance multinational announced a shock wage-cut plan it said was necessary to keep its Italian plants running. The minister said the company had agreed to more talks in the coming days, possibly including Premier Enrico Letta. Zanonato said that governors of regions affected by the Sweden-based Electrolux plan were also cool to the company's proposals.

"We found it unconvincing, since it focuses entirely on labor costs (whereas) we want to discuss an industrial plan," said Zanonato. The government is instead looking for ways to "safeguard jobs, workers' wages, and production facilities", he said. Zanonato said that Electrolux proposals of wage cuts to match levels in Poland were unacceptable.

The minister, who has come in for criticism over the past few days for not acting with sufficient determination on the Electrolux issue, said in his defense that he had even "met with the Swedish ambassador to put pressure on the family owning the company".