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Unions secure employment at Indesit in Italy

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16 October, 2012A long fight started by the workers in May 2012 against the closure of an Indesit factory in None, Italy has been finalized with an agreement signed between unions representing workers of None plant and Indesit.

Earlier, Indesit announced its decision to close its production site in None city, Piedmont region of Italy and transfer the production of dishwashers to its Polish site in Radomsko. This decision could cost 406 employees their jobs in Italy.

On 10 October 2012 the trade unions Fim, Fiom and Uilm, affiliates of IndustriALL Global Union, signed an agreement with Indesit in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Labour of the region of Piedmont.

According to the agreement Indesit undertakes to provide employment to all affected workers, maintain its None site research and development centre as well as partially its marketing activities. The company will invest in the construction of a logistics and service centre. About one hundred people out of 406 will remain directly employed by Indesit. The company also provides guarantees to the rest of the workers through alternative employment solutions.

Besides guarantees to None workers Indesit promised to ensure employment and work for the rest of its sites in Italy. The agreement has been submitted for approval of the workers.

Currently Indesit employs 4,568 workers in Itlay.

The difficult dispute at Indesit Company confirmed a severe crisis of the white goods sector in Europe evolved in absence of meaningful industrial policies from European Commission and Italian Government. A national coordination body of the Ministry of Economic development is going to meet on 5 November to find out ways to ensure the recovery of the white goods sector in Italy.