Fiat workers call for strike over big bucks Ronaldo

Juventus fans may be excited to have footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad but Fiat Chrysler workers are not.

Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) workers are planning a strike following the car manufacturer’s decision to purchase Ronaldo for €100-million (R1 565 579 354.05). Another €12-million will also be spent on “additional fees”.

The trade union, USB Lavoro Privato, argues the money spent on Ronaldo should have been invested in Fiat Chrysler. The motoring giant has been forced to lay off thousands of workers over the years over the company’s lack of new car models.

Reuters reported that workers across Italy have been “on state-sponsored temporary layoff schemes” for years due to lack of new models.

Fiat Chrysler’s plants make Jeep SUVs, Alfa Romeos, Maseratis and Fiats.

Fiat has promised that, with its new investment scheme, all employees will be able to return to full employment by 2022.

Sixty-four percent of Juventus is owned by the Agnellis, an Italian family which also owns roughly 30% of Fiat Chrysler through investment holding company Exor.

On Wednesday, Italian team Juventus confirmed that it Ronaldo had signed a four-year contract with Juventus.

Ronaldo has spent the last nine years playing for Real Madrid.

According to analysts, Bloomberg reported, Ronaldo could give the car manufactures an advertising boost: the striped Juventus shirt has Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep logo on the back.

In a statement, the union USB Lavoro Privato said it was “unacceptable that while the (owners) ask workers of FCA … for huge economic sacrifices for years, the same decision to spend hundreds of millions of euros for the purchase of a player.

“The owners should invest in car models that guarantee the future of thousands of people rather than enriching only one.”

The union has called for a strike at the Melfi plant in southern Italy from July 15 to 17, Bloomberg reported.


‘Judge President Hlophe tried to influence allocation of judges to...

Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath accuses Hlophe of attempting to influence her to allocate the case to judges he perceived as ‘favourably disposed’ to former president Jacob Zuma

SAA grounds flights due to low demand

SAA is working to accommodate customers on its sister airlines after it cancelled flights due to low demand

Isabel dos Santos did not loot Angola alone

Once again, Western auditing and consulting firms shamelessly facilitated corruption on an international scale

Lekwa municipality won’t answer questions about why children died in...

Three children are dead. More than a dozen homes have been gutted by fires in the past six months. And, as...

Press Releases

Upskill yourself to land your dream job in 2020

If you received admission to an IIE Higher Certificate qualification, once you have graduated, you can articulate to an IIE Diploma and then IIE Bachelor's degree at IIE Rosebank College.

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020

Almost half (49%) of South Africans, 15 years and older, agree or strongly agree that they view 2020 with optimism.

KZN teacher educators jet off to Columbia University

A group of academics were selected as participants of the programme focused on PhD completion, mobility, supervision capacity development and the generation of high-impact research.

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.