FIAT signed a new agreement with UGL, FIM, UILM, FISMIC and other metalworkers unions on yesterday, 29 December 2010. The agreement, concerning 4600 workers at the Pomigliano d’Arco plant (located near Naples) guarantees salary increases up to a gross amount of euro 360 per year (i.e. euro 30 on a monthly basis), a re-definition of the contractual job positions, now divided into 5 professional levels rather than the previous 7, the banning from the union representative system of those trade unions which refuse to sign the agreement (in the present case, FIOM), in fact reestablishing the industrial relationships scenario seen before the signing of the 1993 framework agreement, entered into between the main Italian trade unions. Mr Giampaolo Galli from the Italian employers federation “Confindustria”, defined the document as a “groundbreaking agreement which clears the way for 700 million in investments and allows the company to improve its production efficiency”. On the other hand, FIOM union opposed the subscription of a separate agreement, deemed by Mr Maurizio Landini as “unacceptable”. As a reaction to that, FIOM members will strike for eight hours on next 28 January.