Negotiations between Fiat Plastik, which workers have been on strike for months, and the parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have continued, although in separate meetings, with the mediation of the Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes.
Zoran Miljković, president of Fiat Plastik’s strike committee, says that the conciliator’s meeting with Fiat has been postponed to the last week of September because Marcello Battaglia, Fiat’s manager responsible for FCA and Fiat Plastik in Serbia, cannot come to Serbia earlier.
In the course of the negotiations so far no agreement has been reached between the strikers and Fiat, and their positions have drifted further apart while Fiat Plastik’s workers have continued to protest. The Minister of Labour, Darija Kisić Tepavčević, was also invited to the meeting in Kragujevac yesterday.
“At the last meeting, the Italians did not accept or promise anything. They don’t have much time because the negotiations can last a month and since they started on 6 September, they have to end soon. If they don’t accept our demands we will continue to strike,” explains Miljković.
The workers of Fiat Plastik, the factory that produces bumpers for the Fiat 500-L model, demand that salaries be restored to the level before 1 January 2021 and an allowance of 65% for paid holidays instead of the current 60%. In addition to this, they want the bumper assembly machines, which were transferred to FCA Serbia’s premises during the strike, to be returned to their plant.
The workers of Fiat Plastik, which is owned by the Fiat Group, have been on strike for more than 6 months and, like their colleagues at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Serbia, in which the Serbian state has a 33% share, are looking forward to next month.
Stellantis, the joint venture formed by Fiat and Peugeot, is expected to present its future investment plans in October for each factory operating within the group, including therefore those for the Kragujevac plant.
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