Stellantis in the sights of the labor unions. It is the immediate consequence of the latest decision taken by the Italian-French group born from the merger between Fca e A dog, which on Wednesday 15 September announced a reduction from 18 to 15 in weekly shifts in the Sevel plant in Atessa, in the province of Chieti, where they are produced commercial vehicles. Blame once again for the lack of semiconductors and in particular of a chip in the Bosch Abs control unit supplied by a Malaysian plant, the company chaired by John Elkann was justified, but the acronyms fear both the start of a reorganization of the production structure which will result in thesurplus of over 900 workers. And for this they invoke thegovernment intervention With the’opening of a table at the Ministry of Economic Development led by the Northern League Giancarlo Giorgetti. The request is joined by i 52 auditors of the Sangro Aventino and Frentania districts, according to which a consultation table with Stellantis is needed.
As communicated by the management of the company controlled by Stellantis, as a consequence of the changes to the shift the contract will not be renewed for 300 employees in administration while the rest 6o0, all workers posted from other factories, will return to the sites of origin where they will be placed in layoffs. An outcome that nullifies the efforts made so far by the unions, which in June had managed to open a discussion on the future business plan with the new management of the giant and then in July had reached an agreement for the Melfi plant in addition to obtaining the commitment from the group a realize in Italy, a Termoli, the new battery factory for electric vehicles. “The situation is getting worse,” said the national secretary Fim Cisl Ferdinando Uliano, adding that “in recent days we have the convening of the Stellantis table at Mise has been urged because we believe that the situation of the group must be taken over by the Prime Minister“.
A position, that of Uliano, shared through a note also by Fiom Cgil: “It is undeniable that there is a problem in the supply of components that affects the entire automotive sector, but we continue to think that the new factory in Gliwice, in Poland, is also determining new strategies from Stellantis“. “The decision to bring the factory back to 15 shifts will create consequences that will have a direct impact on employment, starting with precarious workers, not only for Sevel, but for all related companies and services”, continues the document, “and for this we believe it is urgent to stabilize the precarious and start a expansion contract to favor retirement for the elderly ”.
“The microchip supply crisis pays off now the attitude of inertia of the Ministry of Economic Development is unacceptable, who despite repeated requests does not decide to reconvene the discussion table with Stellantis who took office in June “, reacted Rocco Palombella, general secretary of Uilm. “We wrote to Minister Giorgetti to ask for an immediate resumption of the confrontation and to signal that the microchip supply crisis is hitting Italian factories very hard, most recently Sevel “, he continued, subtitled how this situation causes” an immediate wage problem and, in the future, heavy employment risks and industrial “.
For its part, the company makes it known that “the fluctuations of national and international markets generated by the pandemic and the shortage of chips are the source of a growing sense of uncertainty and the company is implementing the best logistical solutions to defend its workers and the entire organization “. “The conclusion of part of the supply contracts in Sevel falls within the normal workforce management activities of Stellantis in all European factories in the context of these moments of instability affecting the entire global automotive sector ”, adds the group, which reiterates:“ Our goal is to protect the company and its workers. The evolution of the situation, given its uncertainty, is monitored on a daily basis ”.