“French Beware of the Automotive Industry Italy has No Plan”
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It may also be the fault of the government crisis, but the Conte executive does not seem at all attentive to what is happening within the automotive sector, starting from the birth of Stellantis. And unions have repeatedly begun to express their fears. The last of the representatives to raise his voice was the national secretary and automotive manager of Fiom-Cgil, Michele De Palma, who revealed a detail at the Omnibus transmission of La7 that gives a good idea of how much the French institutions have looked with attention to the merger between Fiat Chrysler and PSA and its consequences for the automotive sector, a crucial sector of every industrialized country.
Contacted by the embassy. “During the pandemic – explained the trade unionist – a French embassy official asked us for a meeting for an exchange of ideas and to find out Fiom’s opinion on issues concerning the Automotive. I, on the other hand, had to make appeals in all the offices and writing formal letters to the government in order to be able to speak “, but without obtaining any feedback. “The French – continued De Palma – asked us what we think of the interventions that should be done for the car. We presented our proposals, which concern our country-system”. On the contrary, “our government has not asked us for anything”.
We have no plans. “The French – underlined De Palma – have defined a program for the car, the Germans have presented their own plan. We have done nothing. We have launched the bonuses, while they have policies to bring the car supply chain back to the within its own country system “. With these words, the representative of Fiom once again reiterated the fears expressed by the Italian trade unions for the lack of attention paid by the executive towards the world of four wheels, and even more so for Stellantis. In recent days, not only after the meeting with the CEO Carlos Tavares, there have been several appeals from the trade unionists. It is enough to read a few statements to understand how the absence of politics, apart from the statements by the Deputy Minister of Economy, Antonio Misiani, on a now belated entry of the State into the shareholding of the new group, has become the object of alarms or wishes of various gender and grade. “We expect – said for example Roberto Benaglia, general secretary of the Fim-Cisl – that the Italian government will play a positive and active role in strengthening the presence of the car sector in our country, with particular attention to the Stellantis group, for the importance that the automotive has in terms of employment and technology ”.
Absent policy. Also from the Fim-Cisl, the national secretary Ferdinando Uliano expressed the hope that “whoever has responsibility for the government of the country will not wait long to meet the CEO of Stellantis, a fundamental reality for the country’s economy”. Francesca Re David, general secretary of Fiom-Cgil, finally accused a “political wait-and-see that has no equal among European countries: there is no comparison, no organic plan on the sector.” statements, but the reaffirmed concept is always the same: Rome must pay more attention to the automotive sector. After all, similar appeals to the government have also come from those who are confronted every day with trade unionists, that is, the employers and, specifically, from automotive representative organizations such as Anfia, Unrae or Federauto. Too bad that, apart from the renewal of the scrapping incentives, there has never been a strong and punctual response: in this sense the case of the table is emblematic for the automotive sector, opened in the autumn of 2019 but completely inconclusive.