An Italian trade union has announced that Fiat workers at its Melfi plant down south will go on strike over Cristiano Ronaldo’s €105m transfer to Juventus.
It is thought some of that fee will be paid through sponsorships by Juve’s parent company Exor, which owns the likes of FIAT and Ferrari, prompting a furious backlash from the Unione Sindacale di Base.
“It’s unacceptable that while FCA and CNHI workers continue to make huge economic sacrifices, the company then spends hundreds of millions of euros on the purchase of a player,” it said in a statement.
“We’re told that times are tough, that we need to resort to social safety nets, waiting for the launch of new models, which never arrive.
“And while the workers and their families tighten their belts more and more, the company decides to invest a lot of money on a single human resource!
“Is this fair? It is normal for one person to earn millions, while thousands of families can’t even get to the middle of the month?
“We’re all employees of the same owner, but this difference in treatment cannot and must not be accepted.
“The Fiat workers have made the company’s fortune for at least three generations, but in return they have only ever received a life of misery.
“The company should invest in car models that guarantee the futures of thousands of people, rather than enriching only one.
“That should be the objective, a company that puts the interests of their employees first. If it isn’t, it’s because they prefer the world of football, entertainment and everything else.
“For the reasons described above, the Unione Sindacale di Base has declared a strike at FCA Melfi between 10pm on Sunday July 15 and 6pm on Tuesday July 17.”
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