Industrial unrest in the northern Italian city of Turin has eased since the Fiat car manufacturing company -- which dominates the city -- agreed to end three-day working for 71,000 workers on Saturday (30 November).
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Background: Industrial unrest in the northern Italian city of Turin has eased since the Fiat car manufacturing company -- which dominates the city -- agreed to end three-day working for 71,000 workers on Saturday (30 November).
The men were put on a three-day week at the beginning of October when talks between the company and the trade unions broke down. Fiat said it was necessary to cut production by 200,000 units over a four-month period to rescue unsold stocks of 300,000 cars.
Fiat -- Italy's largest private employer -- employs directly one third of Turin's work force and has another third indirect dependents working for component firms and service industries.
The agreement with the trade unions provided for a long fully-paid christmas break from 20 December until 13 January and a long Easter break designed to help take up some of the slack in production.
Turin has played a significant role in Italy's history and was once the national capital. It's the he of the respected "La Stampa" newspaper, a Mirst-rate museum and grand cathedrals. The city was designed by the Romans, and still has tree-lined streets and covered arcades around numerous squares.
But its appearance belies the state of most of its inhabitants ...many of them immigrants from the south, who have come north to make good money in the car industry.
The influx of immigrants -- up to 100 per day -- has placed a heavy strain on the city's economy -- a situation which has been exacerbated by the problems confronting Fiat and its subsidiaries.
The decline in sales brought the Fiat company a fairly heavy loss last at the mercy of internal and external economic forces.
So while Turin continues to be one of Italy's most prosperous cities -- behind Rome and Milan -- its future at present looks cloudy.