Owens-Illinois: strike at doomed Italian plant

As a first response to the planned closure of the Owens-Illinois plant at Castel Maggiore (Bologna), unions have called a national strike in group plants of four hours per shift on 17 September 2008. …

As a first response to the planned closure of the Owens-Illinois plant at Castel Maggiore (Bologna), unions have called a national strike in group plants of four hours per shift on 17 September 2008. The lay-off procedure for all 102 workers at Castel Maggiore has begun. Filcem-Femca-Uilcem and the National Coordinating Committee condemned in a statement the “time, manner and content of the company“s decision. The option of closing the plant in Castel Maggiore has been taken in defiance of the decision taken jointly with the RSU (works committee) and local unions to invest in rebuilding a new furnace, and in spite of the hard work by employees, which has produced significant improvements over the last two years in productivity and profitability at the plant”. The trade unions maintain that they can no longer put off “a serious confrontation with the leaders of the group at all levels – Italian and European – on the future of the Italian plants, in particular those that in the context of business choices and priorities risk an uncertain future”.