“Not one step back. We will not go a millimeter back. It will be a struggle until we get an industrial plan aiming at the relaunch of this establishment.”
The 420 employees of Honeywell Transport System in Atessa have been on strike for 11 days. At this establishment, more than 700,000 turbos and more than 1,600,000 rotors are produced every year. The company wants to close the site in Val di Sangro and move production to Slovakia, where it has built a twin factory. Arms crossed, production stopped and picket line, night and day, until a positive turn.
On Sept. 13, in Rome, negotiations began at the Ministry of Development. “Honeywell’s phony position has come out,” said Davide Labbrozzi, provincial secretary of the union Fiom Chieti. “Numbers in hand, it leads in one direction: the dismemberment of the Abruzzo plant, for which it has been ‘cloning’ the production codes for some months already. After squeezing the situation, they want to close the gates and move.”