Fiat production in Italy will not be resumedMarch 31, 2020
Union officials said Monday that a possible continuation of Italy’s quarantine regime could thwart Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ attempt to resume production of some cars at three Italian plants next week.
Italy banned domestic travel and ordered the freezing of all non-essential business activities, including automobiles, until April 3, to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has now claimed the lives of nearly 11,000 people in the country.
If the government gives the green light, the automaker will be ready to resume some of its operations on April 6. We draw this conclusion from the words of Gianluca Ficco, representative of the UILM union.
These facilities will be the assembly line for the Jeep Compass at the Melfi plant in southern Italy, the Atessa factory producing light commercial vehicles in central Italy, and the preparatory operations for the new electric 500 at the Mirafiori plant in Turin.
However, Fikko said he did not know whether the government would allow the resumption of minor events next week, and thought Rome was more likely to extend the ban.
Despite the hopes of Italian officials that the downward trend in mortality from coronaviruses at the national level will continue, it is more likely that the restrictions will be officially expanded soon.
On Sunday, Regional Minister Francesco Boccia said the government would “inevitably” extend containment measures after April 3. Fikko added that in any case, when resuming the work of FCA, it will be necessary to ensure the highest conditions for health and safety at all plants.
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