Cristiano Ronaldo’s €105m transfer to Juventus might have gone down well with fans of the Bianconeri but not everyone in Italy has been left happy by the news.
According to a report from Football Italia, Fiat workers at the company’s Melfi plant in southern Italy are set to go on strike over the mega-money deal.
It’s all down to the fact some of the fee is being paid by Exor, who owns both Fiat and Ferrari and are reportedly putting much-needed funds towards the deal.
The Italian trade body Unione Sindacale di Base have branded the plans as “unacceptable” while workers “continue to make huge economic sacrifices”.
“We’re told that times are tough, that we need to resort to social safety nets, waiting for the launch of new models, which never arrive,” a statement from the trade union, translated by Football Italia, read.
“And while the workers and their families tighten their belts more and more, the company decides to invest a lot of money on a single human resource!
“Is this fair? It is normal for one person to earn millions, while thousands of families can’t even get to the middle of the month?
“We’re all employees of the same owner, but this difference in treatment cannot and must not be accepted.
“The Fiat workers have made the company’s fortune for at least three generations, but in return they have only ever received a life of misery.
“The company should invest in car models that guarantee the futures of thousands of people, rather than enriching only one.
“That should be the objective, a company that puts the interests of their employees first. If it isn’t, it’s because they prefer the world of football, entertainment and everything else.”
The strike is set to take place between 10pm on Sunday July 15 and 6pm on Tuesday July 17th which is ideal for anyone planning on having a few drinks while watching the World Cup final.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.