Italy -Pay cuts at Electrolux disputed -February 02, 2014

Electrolux plans to slash wages and cut hours at its plants has led to a furious reaction from the side of the trade unions. The Swedish based company has come up with a proposal to cut wages with 8% for its 5,700 strong workforce in order to put off the possibility of moving its operations to Eastern Europe, where labour is cheaper. Trade unions have responded with strikes and rallies, saying the plan would mean a drop of at least 40% in wages, as shifts are also being shortened and seniority and wage adjustments have been frozen. The management has held a series of meetings with unions and government officials to discuss the plans for reorganising production, with another meeting scheduled for 17 February. The industry minister stated that the plans were ‘not convincing’ and concern remained over the future of the plant in Porcia, north of Venice, the largest of four sites in northern Italy.

English: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/uk-italy-electrolux ...  

http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/electrolux-under-fire-in-italy ...

 

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