Whirlpool confirms the date of next October 15 for the closure of the collective dismissal procedure of the workers (about 300) of the site in via Argine in Naples. So the multinational, according to what is learned, would have reaffirmed its willingness to close the layoffs even if the project of the Consortium for the relaunch of the site will not arrive by the same date. The dismissal procedure should have closed on 29 September, then extended pending developments on the industrial front.
Both the Mise and the Ministry of Labor would be considering the use of shock absorbers to be used after October 15, according to what is learned, during the discussion with trade unions and the company on the future of the Whirlpool site in Naples. At the last meeting, the government put on the table a consortium of companies interested in taking over the plant to make it a hub of sustainable mobility. At the moment, 7 companies are affected. The Deputy Minister for Development Alessandra Todde was absent, the technical secretaries of the department participated together with Invitalia. Whirlpool industrial relations manager, Carmine Candeloro and the national secretaries of Fim Fiom Uilm and Uglm were present.
For Whirlpool, however, as he explained at the table, “the expiry of the procedure does not affect the discussion relating to the transfer of assets, which continues to go on continuously and on a daily basis”. The ‘extension’ to October 15 of the conclusion of the collective dismissal procedure “was agreed with the trade unions and the government and jointly decided the date of October 15, which we intend to respect. The two discussions, people and assets, are separate” , he would have pointed out.
The consortium of companies identified by Invitalia and interested in taking over the Whirlpool site in Naples takes time: “No agreement can be signed regarding the continuity of employment with Whirlpool for next October 15”, the day of the expiry of the collective dismissal procedure. According to what we learn, this is what Riccardo Monti profiled at the table at Mise, who leads the pool of companies interested in the sale. We need more time to define the project “, he explained in the face of the perplexity of the unions who had expressly asked for an agreement at the expiry of the collective dismissal procedure to guarantee the passage of workers in continuity.
“Invitalia is evaluating the possibility of using the safeguard fund if a possible way of using it is found”, the Ministry of Economic Development said, according to what is learned, responding to requests from trade unions regarding the financial and industrial guarantees of the companies concerned to take over the Whirlpool site in Naples. On the table of the comparison between the proposals put forward to the Consortium that of the production of seats for cars and buses. Mouths sewn on the names but Whirlpool, he said at the table, “is sharing a data room, and there was also an inspection on the site”. However, the times remain long: “We will not be able to reabsorb the workers before 12 months after entering the site”, reiterates the Consortium.