Stellantis, first meeting at Mimit: 5 models confirmed, many doubts

Stellantis, first meeting at Mimit: 5 models confirmed, many doubts
Stellantis, first meeting at Mimit: 5 models confirmed, many doubts

First meeting at Mimit in Melfi, the Stellantis company confirms only the 5 electric models on the site. Minister Urso: «Strategic Basilicata». Cisl, Uil and Ugl: «It is essential to also protect related industries»

IT WAS the focus on the Stellantis plant in Melfi that opened, yesterday morning, the series of meetings with the Minister of Business and Made in Italy on the individual companies of the automotive group. The meeting, chaired by Minister Adolfo Urso, was attended by the governor of Basilicata, Vito Bardi, representatives of the company, of Anfia (the Automotive Supply Chain Association) and of the trade union organisations. The top management is absent Stellantis for the “company policy” linked to the electoral campaign period in Basilicata.

«It was important to start from the Melfi site due to its production strategicity, with a significant supply chain closely linked to the plant», underlined Minister Urso, before highlighting that «the Group has confirmed its intention to create 5 full electric models on the site, a commitment that Tavares himself (CEO of Stellantis, ed.) made at Mimit. Now we are waiting for this commitment to be transformed into concrete projects. There will certainly be another meeting – added the minister – in which conclusions will be drawn, which cannot be reached in a few hours.”

In short, an important but interlocutory meeting, awaiting further responses from Stellantis.
The positions of the unions are diversified, even if they are all focused on the protection of employment both in the Group’s Lucanian plant and in the related industries of the industrial area of ​​San Nicola di Melfi.
For the Fim Cisl – present were the general secretary of the metalworkers Ferdinando Uliano and the general secretary of Basilicata Gerardo Evangelista, as well as the Lucanian leader of the CISL, Vincenzo Cavallo -, the one in Melfi represents «unique compared to the other Italian factories, in particular for the satellite system that revolves exclusively around the Stellantis production site”.

Uliano and Evangelista, in a note, highlighted that the Lucanian area «overall employs around 9 thousand workers, both direct (5,675) and indirect. The Melfi plant today produces 170 thousand units, approximately half of what was produced seven years ago. The current three cars produced will be replaced with 5 full electric models, it remains to be understood what Opel model that was announced will be replaced with and the timing. Above all – Uliano and Evangelista remarked – we need to understand whether the projection compared to the volumes of the 5 full electric models will be capable of saturating the systems or the actual impacts on employment, because for us it will be necessary to manage and preserve employment.

Added to this is our concern regarding the component companies for which we do not yet have an answer. It will be fundamental – concluded the Fim Cisl trade unionists – the definition, at the end of the various plant meetings, of an overall agreement that concretely establishes commitments and guarantees of all the subjects present at the table, starting from Stellantis».
Glass half full also for Uilm Uil, represented by Gianluca Ficco, national secretary of Uilm responsible for the auto sector, Vincenzo Tortorelli, general secretary of Uil Basilicata, and Marco Lomio, general secretary of Uilm Lucana.

«We are satisfied with the confirmation of the five models by Stellantis in Melfi on the future medium platform – they declared at the end of the meeting -, but we ask that part of these be hybrid since full electrics are struggling to establish themselves on the market. We also ask for protections for workers in related industries, i.e. in components, services and logistics, who in hindsight are the most exposed to occupational risks. According to Stellantis, the initial capacity of the plant will be equal to 40 cars per hour, i.e. 260,000 cars per year, but such a number would be difficult to reach with exclusively electric cars, which are struggling to establish themselves among consumers, so much so as to induce even European politics to a more balanced and gradualist approach.

For the same reasons – added Ficco, Tortorelli and Lomio – we ask to extend the production of the current models with more traditional engines as much as possible. In any case, the most dramatic problem remains to be addressed, that of related workers, who amount to approximately 4,000 people compared to approximately 5,500 direct employees of Stellantis. For them we ask for transition mechanisms from companies that lose orders to those that win them or reinternalise them, as well as more specifically from Stellantis an attitude of social responsibility towards an industrial fabric that has a single client”.

The UGL metalworkers – present with the national secretary Antonio Spera, the secretary of the UGL Potenza, Giuseppe Palumbo, the secretary of the UGL Basilicata, Florence Costanzo – asked «to focus on Melfi with the 5 electrified models to guarantee the approximately 5,500 workers of the factory. The transition has now begun and the Government has guaranteed the first year of incentives for the sum of approximately 950 million.”
«Another fundamental point to clarify and resolve for Melfi – added Spera – concerns the 4,000 employees of the related industries who will necessarily have to have concrete answers. We cannot afford to lose the skills that have allowed the plant to produce important volumes for the Fiat group over the years”, he concludes

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