An Italian trade union, Unione Sindacale di Base, has confirmed that Fiat workers will go on strike in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100 million euro move from Real Madrid to Juventus.
Football Italia reports that some of the transfer fee was paid by Juventus’ parent company, Exor, which in turn owns Fiat.
The amount paid for Ronaldo has reportedly prompted angry reaction from the automobile workers, and have planned to walk out of the Melfi plant for two days.
“It’s unacceptable that while FCA and CNHI workers continue to make huge economic sacrifices, the company then spend hundreds of millions of euros on the purchase of a player.
“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. 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!
“… 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.
“For the reasons described above, the Unione Sindacale di Base has declared a strike at FCA Melfi between 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 and 16 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17,” a statement from the union reads.
According to Marca, the Agnelli family, who owns a 63.77 percent stake in Juventus, also has 29.8 percent of the conglomerate that Fiat and Ferrari are part of.
Andrea Agnelli, Juventus’ owner was reported to have resorted to Fiat to finance the ‘Cristiano deal’.
Real Madrid on Tuesday broke the news that Ronaldo would be leaving the Bernabeu after nine years. Agnelli and Ronaldo were later pictured together after the announcement.
The 33-year-old, who agreed to a four-year contract with the Turin giants, will take home a yearly lucrative salary of £26.5 million, and £500, 000 per week.