Fiat said in a statement the strike, initiated to protest wage cuts and other conditions, was ''de facto paralyzing automotive logistics, especially in central-southern Italy," ANSA reported Friday.
The company said the action has delayed vehicle production by 20,000 units, a loss that would be "very difficult to recover this during the year."
Marchionne said he told Monti Fiat must have flexibility in terms of labor costs if it is to be competitive in the marketplace.
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