The Sevel plant in Atessa restarts at a reduced pace, with daily shifts reduced from three to two and employment effects on at least 900 employees. The problems during the resumption of production activities are always determined by the shortage of microprocessors which ends up affecting volumes. The commercial vehicles of the Fiat Professional (Ducato) and Peugeot brands are produced in the Abruzzo center of Stellantis, a plant capable of guaranteeing between 30 and 40% of the Group’s entire Italian production.
For the unions this is a serious decision, which exacerbates the stalemate of the Italian car factories and requires urgent intervention by the government. “The situation – underlines Ferdinando Uliano of the national secretariat of the Fim Cisl – is precipitating, in recent days we have urged the convening of the Stellantis table at the Ministry of Economic Development, we believe that the situation of the Group should be taken over by the Prime Minister”.
From next September 27 the organization of work in Sevel will go from 18 to 15 weekly shifts – from three to two a day – with a heavy impact on production volumes, induced activities and employment. More than 600 redundant workers from other Group factories will return to their offices by interrupting the period of work in Sevel, and the employment contract for approximately 300 workers, part of the current 750 present in the company, will not be confirmed. For the trade unions, this is a decision that weighs heavily on workers «unloading on them a difficulty caused by the shortage of semiconductors. There are alternative compensation tools, such as ordinary social safety nets, used in the other factories, without entailing an employment impact of this magnitude »concludes Uliano.
For Fiom “the problem of supplying components must be clarified because it concerns the entire automotive sector” underline in a note Francesca Re David, general secretary of Fiom-CGIL and Michele De Palma, national secretary in charge of Automotive. The concerns are related to the possible new strategies of the Group and the production reorganization that could favor the plant in Gliwice, in Poland, compared to the Italian factory.
A worrying setback, that of Sevel, which joins an equally critical situation in the other Stellantis car plants in Italy: Melfi will only work for five days in September, with difficulties also linked to the start-up of the production line only, the Pomigliano plant will remain closed until the end of the month with the ordinary layoffs at zero hours, while in Cassino you only work on one shift and for a few days a month. Rocco Palombella, general secretary of Uilm, and Gianluca Ficco, head of the auto sector also for Uilm, underlining that, after the agreements on Melfi and Termoli, where the new gigafactory will be born, “the future of all the other Italian plants remains to be discussed. and the worsening of the microchip supply crisis makes everything more complicated ».