Union appeal of Fiat firings rejected

Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM

ROME, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A court in Rome rejected a metalworkers union appeal of automaker Fiat's firing of 19 non-union employees at a plant near Naples, Italy.

Fabbrica Italia Pomigliano -- the corporation that operates the Pomigliano d'Arco plant -- fired the 19 workers after a court in Rome ordered the company in October 2012 to hire 19 members of FIOM, which represents metalworkers, ANSA reported Tuesday.

The October ruling came in a lawsuit in which FIOM had claimed Fiat discriminated against its members by hiring no union members at the facility in 2010 after a dispute with the union over work rules.

Fabbrica Italia Pomigliano hired 19 union workers but then said it had to let 19 non-union employees go due to the economic slowdown.

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