A small union has called a strike at Fiat Chrysler's Melfi plant in Italy after its main investor, the Agnelli family, chose to pay 100 million euros to land Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
The Italian soccer club is owned by the Agnelli family, which also has a 30 percent stake in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles through its holding company, Exor.
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"It is unacceptable that while management continues to demand huge sacrifices from (Fiat Chrysler) workers over years, the same management decides to spend hundreds of millions of euros to buy a football player", the union said.
Juventus paid 100 million euros (roughly $117 million) to secure Ronaldo's departure from Spain, with an additional 12 million euros (roughly $14 million) in a fees to sign the 33 year old to a four-year contract, ESPN reported. "The company should invest in vehicle models that guarantee the futures of thousands of people, rather than enriching only one".
Ronaldo joins Juve after nine trophy-laden years at Real Madrid.
He added: "The marketing leverage that Juventus will be able to create will be significant. That means more sponsors, more TV money and more prize money", he told BBC.
Autocar is awaiting official comment from FCA to confirm whether the strike, which is scheduled to take place from 10pm Sunday to 6pm Tuesday at FCA's Melfi plant in southern Italy, will impact delivery times for the models that are made there, the Punto and 500X. The factory is just one of seven Fiat Chrysler plants in Italy and the USB does not represent many workers there.