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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fiat bailing if UAW/CAW don't budge

Fiat has announced that they are ready to walk away from merger talks with Chrysler if the unions are unwilling to budge on labour costs.

It looks like the CAW's Ken Lewenza will get his chance to make history... will he go down in history as the man who saved Chrysler in Canada, or as the man who killed it?
Fiat to Chrysler: Cut costs or we walk
CEO says auto maker prepared to scrap last-chance merger unless unions agree to match competitors' low labour costs

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
April 15, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT

ROME and TORONTO — Fiat SpA will abandon Chrysler LLC, leaving it to fend for itself in bankruptcy court, unless Chrysler's Canadian and American unions agree to substantial labour-cost reductions by the end of the month, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne says.

For Chrysler, which is subsisting on cash borrowed from the U.S. and Canadian governments, the deal with Fiat is the last chance to avoid a bankruptcy filing and possible liquidation.

But Fiat is prepared to scrap the deal and look elsewhere for an international partner if the unions do not agree to match the lower labour costs of Japanese and German plants in the United States and Canada, Mr. Marchionne said in an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail at the Italian auto maker's headquarters in Turin.

“Absolutely we are prepared to walk. There is no doubt in my mind,” he said. “We cannot commit to this organization unless we see light at the end of the tunnel.”


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