MILAN, April 14 Italian automaker Fiat
said on Saturday a Turin labor court dismissed 21 appeals from
labor union Fiom-CGIL, ruling that the union did not have a
right to representation after it refused to sign a labor
contract with Fiat last year.
The ruling is the latest twist in a long running battle
between Fiat and Italy's largest metalworkers union over Fiat's
move to ask workers for more flexible labor conditions.
Fiom-CGIL opposed the plan, and therefore did not sign a new
labor contract with Fiat that incorporated the reforms.
Fiom-CGIL maintains however its members still have the right
to representation on the factory floor. To obtain it, Fiom-CGIL
has filed 61 lawsuits in 20 courts across Italy. Some courts
have ruled in favor of Fiat, and some in favor of Fiom-CGIL.
Fiat said the ruling confirmed that "labor rights are
applicable only to those who sign labor accords with companies."
Fiom-CGIL's Giorgio Airaudo, who is in charge of the Auto
sector for the union, said the union will appeal.
"We will appeal because, as Fiat itself says, different
judges have made different rulings," he was quoted as saying by