Italy -Government joins unions in pressure towards Whirlpool -April 16, 2015

Jobs at 'Whirlpool in Italy’ to be safeguarded until 2018.

The government stated it ‘will do everything to safeguard the jobs of Whirlpool in Italy’ until 2018. It is pressing the US giant on earlier commitments to that effect made when it took over Indesit. The industry ministry spoke about ‘strong opposition to aspects’ of Whirlpool-Indesit's plans that according to the trade unions might involve 1,350 job cuts, including 1,200 factory jobs and 150 in research centres. As Whirlpool bought control of the home-appliance maker Indesit a deal was signed with the trade unions as well as with local and central governments that aimed at avoiding 1,425 lay-offs and ensuring 83 million euros worth of investments.

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