In a recent development, the meeting between the leaders of Stellantis and Italian unions representing the Melfi Assembly Plant, scheduled for tomorrow, June 29th, has been postponed to a later date. The decision to delay the meeting was prompted by a desire to involve Carlos Tavares, the CEO of Stellantis, or at least one of his delegates, in the discussion. This move highlights the significance of the Stellantis issue, which has become a focal point in local, regional, and national political and trade union debates.
The Melfi Assembly Plant, an integral part of the Franco-Italian automotive group formed by the merger between FCA and PSA, has long been recognized as one of the most productive and innovative facilities within the company. Over the years, the Melfi workers have exhibited flexibility, professionalism, and dedication, going above and beyond by accepting different schedules and shifts compared to other production sites. Their efforts have played a crucial role in the success of models such as the Jeep® Renegade, Jeep Compass, and Fiat 500X.
However, with the recent change in management and the automotive sector’s crisis caused by the ongoing pandemic, the Melfi plant has experienced a decline in production and workforce, leading many employees to temporarily relocate to other plants. In light of these challenges, the unions are demanding clarity from Stellantis regarding their plans for the future of the Melfi plant in terms of investment, models, employment, and training. This legitimate and pressing request aims to ensure the continued competitiveness and viability of one of Basilicata and southern Italy’s most crucial industrial centers.
It is important to note that the decision to postpone the meeting should not be interpreted as a negative signal or a lack of interest on the company’s part Rather, it should be seen as an opportunity to adequately prepare for a more comprehensive and constructive discussion between all parties involved. The hope is that a new date for the meeting will be set promptly, leading to positive and effective solutions for the future of Stellantis and its dedicated workforce.
The primary objectives of the deferred meeting were to address the future plans for the Melfi plant and its associated companies. The unions had initiated a cooling procedure, utilizing a period of temporary respite, to request answers regarding the factory’s challenges. These included concerns about reduced production, employee relocations to other plants, and a perceived lack of investment. The meeting was intended to take place at the Ministry of Economic Development, with representatives from Fim, Uilm, Fismic, Ugl Metalmeccanici, and Aqcf in attendance.