By Chineze Ogugua
Fiat workers in the Italian town of Melfi will go on strike after Serie A champions Juventus signed Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo for £105m.
While Juve fans were expressing their joy after five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo joined their club, the workers at car manufacturer Fiat weren’t in a jubilant mood and have threatened a strike. Why?
FIAT is 29.1 per cent owned by the Agnelli family, who also happens to hold a 63.77 per cent stake in Juventus. The workers felt that since the club could spend up to €100m on a player, then their income should be increased.
This is why they have decided to embark on a strike action which will take place between the evening of July 15 and the morning of July 17.
In a statement released by the Italian trade union, Unione Sindicale di Base, it read:
“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,”
“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?”
Despite the strike, the unveiling of Ronaldo will still go on with the number 7 shirt given to him after Cuadrado gave up the number for him.
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