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Italian Judge Rules Against Fiat for Anti-Union Practices

March 27, 2012

A judge in Bologna, Italy, ruled against Fiat for anti-union behavior at its Magneti Marelli (GIL) plants in the region in the first verdict concerning the Italian carmaker’s new labor contract, according to a ruling posted on the Fiom Cgil union website.

“It’s a very important ruling as it’s the first one on the new labor contract and ratifying our rights,” said Federico Bellono, the union’s local head in Turin, by phone.

The company introduced a new contract for its Italian workers beginning in January which includes longer shifts and shorter breaks. Fiom Cgil, Fiat’s biggest union, contested the labor deal and filed about 60 suits against the Italian company for anti-union practices.

Fiom was excluded from being represented at the plants by Fiat as it didn’t agree to sign the deal. The judge ordered Fiat to halt anti-union behavior.

Fiat is “surprised and astonished” by the Bologna court decision, it said in an e-mailed statement. The Italian carmaker said it will “immediately appeal” the labor judge ruling. Fiat reiterated that a Turin court already said its new labor contract, which all its unions except Fiom signed last year, is “legitimate.”

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