Fiat strike halts production at Alfa Romeo plant


MILAN, April 26 (Reuters) - Another Fiat plant, making Alfa Romeo cars, has shut down due to a 10-day dispute involving workers in southern Italy, a spokesman for the industrial group said on Monday.

The Alfa Romeo plant in Pomigliano, near Naples, was forced to halt output, joining plants in Turin and Termine Imerese as well as the SEVEL small vehicles plant at Val di Sangro which have been hit by the dispute at the Melfi plant.

Workers from one union at Melfi, in the Basilicata region, are demanding better pay and shift patterns and their blockade of roads around the factory has prevented parts from getting to other plants in Italy where most of Fiat's cars are made.

Fiat -- immersed in a turnaround plan to tackle losses and falling sales at its core car division -- said on Friday the disruption had led to lost production of 12,000 vehicles so far.



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