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​Fiat sacks 4 employees for fake suicide of CEO

Published time: June 26, 2014 14:24
Edited time: June 27, 2014 05:49
An employee's works in the Fiat Abarth factory in Turin, northern Italy (AFP Photo / Marko Bartorello)

An employee's works in the Fiat Abarth factory in Turin, northern Italy (AFP Photo / Marko Bartorello)

Car manufacturer Fiat has dismissed 4 employees from an Italian factory after they staged the fake suicide of the company’s CEO. The workers were protesting mass company layoffs that led to the suicide of a co-worker earlier this year.

Fiat has accused the workers of violating “the most basics requirements of the employment relationship,” reports Italian newspaper La Repubblica. As part of their protest, the employees hung a cardboard cut-out of CEO Sergio Marchionne outside a factory in Nola, Naples. They then proceeded to stage a funeral in front of the building.

The employees take issue with the mass layoffs that Fiat has been implementing at their factories in Italy. Fellow worker, Maria Baratto, was driven to suicide in May after she was laid off by the car manufacturer.

Altogether three former employees in the cities of Pomigliano and Nola have ended their lives after being fired by the company.

During the fake suicide, the Fiat employees also called for the return of over 300 workers to the factory in Pomigliano, following their transfer to Nola in 2008.

Italy has seen a sharp rise in the number of suicides since the onset of the financial crisis. Last year the Report of Global Rights showed that suicides, related to financial instability, had grown by 40 percent in comparison with the same period in 2012.

In the first quarter of 2013, the report revealed there had been 14 economic suicides by entrepreneurs and 16 by unemployed people.

The study says that most of these deaths can be attributed to a “precarious” economic situation and the loss of work.

"The increase in suicides is because the economic crisis seems to leave no more hope, especially among entrepreneurs," Nicola Ferrigni, one of the directors of the study, told Al Jazeera.

Comments (5)


Charles Lowe 14.07.2014 16:32

I am sorry for the workers,but I would never buy any VW product,no matter the price.I have A Fiat 500 Abarth,and a Maserati Grand Tourismo,and will buy an Alfa 4C,and may be one day a Ferrari.I have never had any problems with my Fiat products.I only wished they were faster,and I kind a fixed that.Good Luck Fiat/Chrysler.I will only buy your products and NEVER A VW.EVER.


Luigi Zanotti 27.06.2014 06:08

Ladies, gentlemen, please, I am italian and I can tell you that the situation is rather complicated, mostly by the fact that a fair share of the people working in FIAT are... a problem in themselves.

When 60% of your workers don't show up at work because the Naples soccer team plays, I think it is a simptom, and not of a collective headache.

S econd, for thirty years my family owned FIATs. Those cars spent more time at the mechanic than on the road. Now we bought a Wolkswagen. Want to know one thing? Fingers crossed, it has yet to see the mechanic.

L ay off 300 workers? Why? Lay off all of them: they are a shame.


jerry lima 26.06.2014 21:39

FRI 13/6/14...9:11..= LUKE 18.33.. for RROCKEFELLER son of money printer .. but wait ... he lives .. JOHN 10.18..

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