As confirmed by an Italian trade union, workers at Fiat company will go on strike in response to Cristiano Ronaldo moving on a €105 million (£93 million) deal from Real Madrid to Juventus.
Report has it that some of the transfer fee for the Portuguese star is set to be paid through the Bianconeri’s parent company Exor, which in turn owns Fiat.
The deal has prompted an angry reaction from the automobile manufacturers affiliated with Unione Sindacale di Base, and it confirmed workers will walk out of the Melfi plant for two days:
“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.
“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!
“… 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 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.”
As reported by Patricia Terroba of Marca, the Agnelli family, who have a 63.77 per cent stake in Juventus, also own 29.8 per cent of the conglomerate that Fiat and Ferrari are part of.
Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli “resorted to Fiat to finance the ‘Cristiano Operation,’ and as soon as they found that it was feasible thanks to the funds of the group, they said yes to the Portuguese.”