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Uproar as Italian factory moved to Poland in secret
The Local (Italy) ^ | 23 Aug 2013 17:18 GMT+02:00

Posted on 08/25/2013 7:46:30 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Italian trade unions were holding urgent talks with officials from a Modena company late on Friday, after the owner decided to close up and move the business to Poland - without telling his employees.

Earlier this month Fabrizio Pedroni closed his electric component factory, Firem, for the summer holidays and without informing his 40 workers he began packing the contents and shipping the machinery to Poland.

When the factory workers discovered what was happening on August 13th they blocked the final shipment from leaving the factory located in Formigine near Modena. They have been staging a sit-in at the site ever since.

“We are going to do everything possible to get Pedroni to reverse his decision,” Cesare Pizzolla, local secretary of the trade union FIOM-CGIL, told The Local on Friday.

“In these very difficult economic times you cannot make a decision like that without informing anyone. We want the company to take a step backwards and keep the factory open."

Pizzolla said workers had drawn widespread support from local residents and the union was also hoping to win the backing of the council and other regional officials to support the workers.

“In 22 years as a union official I have never seen an employer who decides to dismantle his business without undertaking any procedures.”

Pedroni was not available for comment on Friday but defended his actions in an interview with Italian Radio 24.

“I had to make a choice,” Pedroni said. “Our competitors are conducting a price war. I had three choices – to close, to move or do what other businessmen have done, shoot myself in the head.”

He said informing the trade unions about his intentions was not an option.

“If I had told FIOM that I intended to move production to Poland, Pizzola and FIOM would have seized my goods like they have blocked the (last) truck that is not mine but the property of a Polish firm,” Pedroni said.

Pedroni’s controversial decision highlights the challenges facing Italy as it tries to kickstart the economy and prevent businesses from moving abroad.

Despite positive signs of improvement in the eurozone, Italy remains mired in recession with unemployment above 12 percent and an exodus of disillusioned young people seeking jobs abroad.

Antonio Mattioli, who is responsible for work contracts at CGIL’s regional office, urged the national government to intervene to prevent a repeat of what he called this act of “piracy” that was certain to bring families to their knees.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: europeanunion; italy; poland

1 posted on 08/25/2013 7:46:30 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

will the fat slobs take a pay cut? Increase production? Work their tails off?

No.

So the guy did the right thing


2 posted on 08/25/2013 7:48:15 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Look for the union label.........


3 posted on 08/25/2013 7:49:00 AM PDT by stboz
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Union thugs must be stripped and shot.


4 posted on 08/25/2013 7:51:23 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Sweet music to my eyes and ears!

It’s about time that businesses dump these parasites and let them wallow in their own excrement.


5 posted on 08/25/2013 7:53:30 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Those union guys seem to think they know better than anyone else how to run a business, so they should have no problem at all with opening their own factory.


6 posted on 08/25/2013 7:55:14 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

BRAVO !! Bravo!

what could they possibly manufacture?


7 posted on 08/25/2013 7:56:53 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
...the challenges facing Italy as it tries to kickstart the economy...

How about a kickstart (in the rear) for the unions, as in "shape up or ship out"! They are the problem.

8 posted on 08/25/2013 7:59:01 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: DeaconBenjamin; cunning_fish

Amusing take on the subject:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3058524/posts


9 posted on 08/25/2013 7:59:37 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I have never seen an employer who decides to dismantle his business..

Poor Cesare, that's just it. It's his business, not yours, not the union's, his.

10 posted on 08/25/2013 7:59:52 AM PDT by csvset
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks DeaconBenjamin.
Earlier this month Fabrizio Pedroni closed his electric component factory, Firem, for the summer holidays and without informing his 40 workers he began packing the contents and shipping the machinery to Poland. When the factory workers discovered what was happening on August 13th they blocked the final shipment from leaving the factory located in Formigine near Modena. They have been staging a sit-in at the site ever since... "In 22 years as a union official I have never seen an employer who decides to dismantle his business without undertaking any procedures." ... "I had to make a choice," Pedroni said. "Our competitors are conducting a price war. I had three choices -- to close, to move or do what other businessmen have done, shoot myself in the head."

11 posted on 08/25/2013 8:01:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

More power to him. Knowing what the trade unions in Italy are like and how little support business people or entrepreneurs receive from government, this was bound to happen. One small businessperson had all her machinery seized by the government in Tuscany due to a dispute with a regulatory body yet she still had to make payments on her loan. It nearly broke her and at the age of 50 she had to begin all over. Many of her counterparts in government were already retired at that age, collecting a nice pension - this is why so many in Europe want to work (like the Greeks) for government and why, in the end, the system will fail over there.


12 posted on 08/25/2013 8:02:31 AM PDT by 12Gauge687
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Fabrizio Pedroni has taken a page from Ayn Rand in doing this. Apparently Galt’s Gulch is somewhere in Poland.


13 posted on 08/25/2013 8:04:57 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The labor union, FIOM, is an actual arm of the Communist Party in Italy.

They are the biggest roadblock to any reforms by Italian companies trying to compete on a world stage.


14 posted on 08/25/2013 8:05:27 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“Earlier this month Fabrizio Pedroni closed his electric component factory, Firem, for the summer holidays and without informing his 40 workers he began packing the contents and shipping the machinery to Poland.”

I don’t know how many Euro countries basically close the doors of many businesses for the whole month of August. Many of the Med countries and France used to do this.

Besides the 4 week summer vacation, many companies/counties shut down from about 23 Dec until 2 Jan..


15 posted on 08/25/2013 8:06:52 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obozoliar and his thugs in his outhouse lie 24/7/365. They are unable to tell the truth.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
When the factory workers discovered what was happening on August 13th they blocked the final shipment from leaving the factory located in Formigine near Modena

I guess now we know why the owner was moving in secret...
16 posted on 08/25/2013 8:11:44 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: DeaconBenjamin

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

17 posted on 08/25/2013 8:58:21 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

stupid Italians

the kind of “democratic” socialist control they want to exercise over private businesses is one of the problems that have helped keep their economy barely sputtering along for decades

keep it up Italians and one day everyone there will be unemployed


18 posted on 08/25/2013 9:15:26 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: MeshugeMikey

They are best at manufacturing BS.


19 posted on 08/25/2013 9:46:02 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Hey! You didn't built that...!!
20 posted on 08/25/2013 10:35:44 AM PDT by Gritty (The idea social progress can never be uninvented is one of the left's laziest assumptions-Mark Steyn)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

It would be hilarious if what was in that last truck was not critical to the business, or if they came up with some way to smuggle it out.

Then he could do the “Let’s Make A Deal” bit, in which they get an empty box.


21 posted on 08/25/2013 10:52:10 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: Wuli

Reminds of the definition of “Hell”

-The food is British
-The police are German
-The cars are French

....and the whole thing is run by Italians


22 posted on 08/25/2013 10:55:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: yldstrk

How many Italians will move to Poland to keep their jobs?


23 posted on 08/25/2013 2:10:30 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: 353FMG

How many Italians will move to Poland to keep their jobs?


The answer is zero. All of the workers were infected with a terminal case of unionism.

The “Boss” won’t rehire sick people.


24 posted on 08/26/2013 6:41:05 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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