Negotiations between the strikers from Fiat Plastik and the management of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have failed, and today the legal deadline for reaching an agreement through the mediation of the Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes has expired.
The Labour Minister, Darija Kisić Tepavčević, has ordered the labour inspectors to intervene, confirms Fiat Plastik’s trade union.
Zoran Miljković, president of the strike committee, said that the parent company Fiat has refused to fulfil the main demand, that is returning the machines it had transferred “illegally” to the main factory during the strike.
Fiat’s representative from Italy in charge of the Serbian factories, Marcello Battaglia, did not even come to the meeting, which was held at the end of last week.
“We did not even talk about the demands which are the reasons why we are on strike, to restore the annual holiday allowance to the level before January 2021, and for the paid leave to be 65 per cent of the salary instead of 60″, Miljković emphasises.
He adds that they will continue to be on strike in anticipation of the arrival of labour inspection, which could solve most of the problems.
“The Labour Minister, Darija Kisić Tepavčević, has informed us that she has ordered the Labour Inspectorate to check all procedures in the company. Now, everything hinges on their report. Only they can establish that the Law on Strikes and the Labour Law have been violated and order Fiat to return the machines to the Fiat Plastik factory. No one else can do this except the state inspectors. If the machines are returned to us, we will have finished most of the work, which will be followed by negotiations with the management regarding our demands”, Miljković noted.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s workers went back to working at the Kragujevac plant yesterday after a ten-day break. One of the reasons for this break was the delay in the supply of chips. However, they are not the only ones that have experienced this. German Volkswagen has also sent workers from three of its factories in Emden, Hannover and Osnnabrück on a 12-day paid leave, and Wolfsburg plant will also be working part-time because semiconductors, purchased in China, have still not arrived in the factory.
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