The Independent Trade Union of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Serbia factory has announced that it “will never agree” with the company’s intentions to completely stop production at the Kragujevac plant by sending workers abroad and laying them off.
A union statement says that if their demands are not met, they will take “radical measures in their labour struggle.”
The company is being called to offer the workers, whose work is temporarily interrupted, the opportunity to go on paid leave under the Labour Law, as, it is noted, Fiat explicitely express its willingness to continue operations at the Kragujevac plant.
The union demands that the sending of workers abroad be done exclusively in compliance with the relevant regulation and for Fiat not to evade the provisions of that law by “forcing” workers to “voluntarily” accept conditions offered unofficially.
“Workers, who are unwilling to accept either option, must be offered incentive severance pay that cannot be below the industry’s standards,” the union said in a press release.
The workers were instructed to ask Fiat to submit a formal, official offer before deciding what to do. “All other solutions, rushed and imposed, will be answered in the spirit of the struggle for the rights of Kragujevac workers,” concludes the statement signed by the president of the FCA Independent Trade Union, Sasa Djordjevic.
Yesterday, Fiat workers were informed of the conditions for doing two years of work in Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia, where Stellantis has its factory.
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