A metalworker's union on Wednesday called for a strike at Fiat's Italian plants to protest new agreements with other unions.
The FIOM union is opposing agreements between Fiat and other unions introducing more flexible work rules, saying the deals in effect kill the system of national contracts. FIOM is calling for an 8-hour strike on Jan. 28.
Fiat signed a deal other unions on Wednesday, finalizing new work conditions at the Pomigliano plant outside of Naples. The deal clears the way for (EURO)700 million in investments to move production of the new Panda from Poland to Italy.
The agreement guarantees 4,700 jobs at the plant in addition to 5,300 at suppliers and other related businesses, the UILM union said in a statement.
Fiat also has won the backing of most unions for a joint venture with Chrysler to build Alfa Romeo and Jeep brand vehicles at the Italian automaker's Mirafiori factory in Turin.
FIOM has refused to sign both agreements.