Managers and directors leaving Fiat

“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Serbia is expected to disclose its social programme this week, including the list of redundant employees,” says Sasa Djordjevic, president of the Fiat trade union.

In the past five days, Vladan Lukić, production director, and Nikola Jerotijević, FCA director, have reportedly left the company, as well as several assembly managers and employees from the human resources department, who were supposed to implement the abovementioned social programme.

The trade union asked Fiat to reveal the social programme with a defined start and end date which would stipulate the number of workers who would continue working in FCA Kragujevac, the number of workers who would have to go abroad to work, and the number of workers the company would no longer count on. For employees applying to work abroad, it is requested that the work be divided by groups and, instead of 24 months, that it be reduced to three or six months with a one-month break.

In addition, for those workers who would like to leave the company, the trade union asks for severance pay to be 1,000 euros for each year of working for the company while for employees who do not want to participate in the above-mentioned programme, they ask for 65 percent of their regular salary, as before. Of course, everything should be harmonized with the Serbian laws, in terms of seniority, social security, pension, travel and stay abroad.

“We had no one to talk to in the last two days because two directors in charge left the company. Most workers cannot accept working abroad for two years because of their families. It seems to me that everyone is disinterested, including the state as the third owner. It is strange that we are on the brink of launching ‘the project of the century’ for the second time, and yet Stellantis is planning to lay off about two-thirds of the workers, according to some estimates,” Djordjevic says.

“The production division employs 1,800 workers and they are offered to work abroad for two years or face redundancy. According to our laws, a worker can spend a maximum of up to one year abroad, but only if they consent. If worker declares that they do not want to go, the employer cannot fire them,” Djordjevic concludes.

(Politika, 23.05.2022)


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