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Remaking the labour movement in Italy: The revival of strikes at Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles in 2015–17

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Lucia Pradella, Rossana Cillo

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-471
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Early online date11 Jan 2019
Accepted/In press29 Jun 2018
E-pub ahead of print11 Jan 2019
Published7 Jun 2019


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After the Fiat–Chrysler merger in 2009, CEO Sergio Marchionne imposed a drastic reorganization of labour relations in Italy’s plants, precipitating a profound crisis of the system of industrial relations in the country. But between 2015 and 2017 a significant section of workers at the Melfi and Termoli plants went on strike against compulsory overtime and labour intensification, establishing links with grassroots unions that successfully organized in logistics. The metalworkers’ union FIOM-CGIL, however, delegitimized the union representatives who resisted Marchionne’s plans. In this article we trace the context and development of these still little-known strikes. Because of their growing institutionalization, we argue, the confederal unions (CGIL, CISL, UIL) have both failed to mobilize workers and repressed workers’ attempts to resist the deterioration of their conditions. The strikes at FCA and in logistics, however, show that new forms of radical unionism are emerging, pointing to new possibilities for working class organizing.

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