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FIAT - the final solution
italy / switzerland | workplace struggles | press release Thursday November 24, 2011 23:02 by FdCA Labour Commission - Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici internazionale at fdca dot it
A fine baptism for the new Monti government, and as had been widely forecast by any right-thinking person, FIAT has announced it is applying its new single contract - first introduced at the Pomigliano, Mirafiori and Grugliasco plants - in every part of its automobile sector (FIAT S.p.A.), to be shortly followed by its industrial sector (FIAT Industrial). [Italiano]
FIAT - the final solution
A fine baptism for the new Monti government, and as had been widely forecast by any right-thinking person, FIAT has announced it is applying its new single contract - first introduced at the Pomigliano, Mirafiori and Grugliasco plants - in every part of its automobile sector (FIAT S.p.A.), to be shortly followed by its industrial sector (FIAT INDUSTRIAL).
This means that from 1st January 2012 FIAT's 80,000 employees will no longer be covered by the national bargaining agreement and everything agreed through collective bargaining with the company will no longer be valid.
There will now only be the one contract FIAT itself has written with the support of its trade union partners.
This is an enormous, radical change, an earthquake even, in the whole system of labour relations, and gives the company almost complete control over its workers.
Workers are now in effect without any form of defence, be it individually or collectively.
And while we await a wave of imitators from other industries, let us remember the key points of the single contract:
The response to all this, which will be doubly difficult owing to the increased restrictions in operating and the every-present threat of job losses, can only depend on the support and commitment of the various forms of workers' action, organized and self-organized, beginning with the 8-hour strike proclaimed by the metalworkers' category.
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici24 November 2011
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