Fiat factories grind to halt as one plant strikes


MILAN, April 23 (Reuters) - Carmaker Fiat's Italian factories shut down on Friday because they could not get enough parts from a plant in southern Italy where workers are striking for better pay and shift patterns, a spokesman said. The modern Melfi plant in the poor region of Basilicata has long been seen as the jewel in Fiat's crown, working on a "just in time" basis with suppliers based around it. But workers have been protesting for the past week, blocking roads around the factory ...

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