High voltage at the Sevel of Atessa, part of the group Stellantis. After the announcement that the plant where the Duchy will remain closed, like that of Pomigliano, for lack of components electronic, the Fiom in a statement entitled “It is only lack of components? ” he fears competition from the factory in Gliwice, Poland, where “the Sevel bodywork department is sending entire sides of the van”. And the End Cisl announces it strike: the first in Italy since the birth of the Italian-French group. The fuse, explains the union, is the excessive use of temporary workers, which the company does not want to stabilize. According to the national secretary Ferdinando Uliano had never occurred “in the history of FCA and Fiat that i employment levels of internal staff were so low and the number of workers administered was instead so high and for such a long period “. A few numbers help to frame the situation: in 2016 “290,000 vans were produced and Sevel permanent workers were 6.059; in 2021 the target is over 300,000 vehicles and Sevel workers are 5.670 and currently administered are 705 (625 administered under staff leasing and 80 on a fixed-term basis) “.
For those 705 hiring was solicited, but without answers. “We have opened the procedure cooling down foreseen by the contract before proceeding to open the conflict, but even this initiative did not lead to anything ”. The second meeting between management, the provincial secretariats and RSA ended with a stalemate. Now therefore “a situation of break up and conflict. Today is the first strike declaration that the trade unions make in our country against the new Stellantis group. Next week the RSA will decide the methods of carrying out the strike, our goal is to define a path to transform workers on permanent contracts into employees, to have guarantees on extensions fixed-term contracts and the establishment of a right of way for future admissions to the 133 administered which in recent months have not been confirmed “. These “are the conditions that also guarantee the future prospects of the plant, its production capacity, even with respect to competition with the Polish plant “.
Also worried Fiom, which in the face of the stoppages communicated by the company due to lack of components asks us to understand “if we are only dealing with a conjunctural situation or is there something else”. Because “we have learned that production a Gliwice“, In Poland precisely,“ will be anticipated from April to February 2022.
The Sevel Bodywork department is sending entire sides of the van to Gliwice and some related companies are already producing for the Polish plant. Unfortunately, our fears of May 2019 are finding a lot of confirmation. It is emerging, after the Polish government extended the SEZ from 2020 to 2026 (Special Economic Zone) in the Gliwice area, which in that territory many companies are concentrating, which decide to settle in that place to take advantage of concessions made available as well as exploiting a strategic geographical position. While the Italian government gets the loan back from Stellantis and is intent on discussing canteens, Italian companies are opening factories in Poland ”. And “as FIOM we learned from the Polish press that in April 2021 Proma, a company also present in Atessa, decided to invest in that territory and are planning to hire about 80 workers”. Moral: “The competition with Gliwice will be a real massacre”.
“The Italian Parliament should bring labor issues back to the center of the discussion”, asks the metalworkers union, “and ask itself the question of how avoid exposing Italian workers and companies to impossible competition. A competition in which companies will try to resist and before succumbing they will inevitably pass the costs on to workers ”. To understand the terms of the “competition” suffice it to say that the Polish SEZ provides, among other things, a tax regime that contemplates the total abatement of taxation on some types of companies, concessionary fees and tax exemptions or reductions, capital contribution for the realization of initial investments, exceptions to the regulations on employment contracts and exemptions or reduction of social security contributions on wages, infrastructural interventions in the territory concerned in order to improve competitiveness also in terms of logistics and goods handling.