Auto Workers Threaten Strike After Company Spends $115 Million On Soccer Player

By Sahid Fawaz

FIAT employees are not happy that one of the company’s largest shareholders is spending hundreds of millions on a soccer player while asking workers to make sacrifices.

ESPN reports:

“An Italian trade union has announced that Fiat workers in the southern town of Melfi will go on strike over Cristiano Ronaldo’s €100 million move to Juventus.

Real Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be leaving the club to join Juventus. When news first broke of the potential transfer, Fiat workers had threatened to take action against their employers. The car manufacturer Fiat, to which the brand Ferrari exclusively belongs, is reportedly 29.1 percent owned by the Agnelli family, which also has 63.77 percent of Juventus.

And that has now become a reality with Unione Sindicale di Base releasing a statement, which announced strike action would take place from the evening of July 15 until the morning of July 17.

“It is unacceptable that, while for years you have continued to ask FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] and CNHI [Case and New Holland Industrial] workers to make enormous sacrifices on an economic level, the company spends hundreds of millions of euros on the purchase of a footballer,” a statement read.

“We are told that times are tough and that we must resort to social safety nets in anticipation of the launch of new models which never arrive.

“And, while the workers and their families tighten up the belts more and more the company decides to invest on a human resource for so much money. Is all of this right? Is it right that one single person can earn millions and yet thousands of families don’t even get to the middle of the month?”

For the rest of story, visit ESPN here.

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