Fiat workers strike over Ronaldo signing

Fiat workers strike over Ronaldo signing

- Workers in the southern town of Melfi have announced a strike over the acquisition of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo by Turin team Juventus

- According to the USB trade union the acquisition of Ronaldo is unfair

Workers at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy have decided to go on strike following their largest shareholder’s decision to spend a whopping £99.2m for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Ronaldo has completed a sensational move to the Serie A champions, in what has been generated mixed reactions from the football world.

Juventus’ stock rose following mere rumours that the Portuguese will join, and it rose even higher after his signing was announced.

Fiat workers strike over Ronaldo signing

Juventus' supporters show Cristiano Ronaldo's official Juventus jerseys. Photo: Isabella Bonotto/AFP

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But whiles many Juventus fans are over the moon with the capture of Ronaldo, it appears not everyone is happy with the deal.

Some workers a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy have registered their displeasure with the amount of money spent to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

The automobile company – which makes cars including the Fiat Punto and the 500X – and Juventus are both controlled by the Agnelli family through their holding company.

The USB union believes the decision is causing Fiat to miss out on investment, which the transfer money could have been used for.

It said the firm needed to guarantee the future of thousands of people, "rather than enriching only one".

The Union said it is unacceptable that millions of euros were being spent on the purchase of a player in a time when Fiat Chrysler workers were making "huge economic sacrifices".

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To drum home their concerns, the USB union has called for a strike at the Melfi plant in southern Italy.

The BBC reports that its members will walk out at 22:00 local time on Sunday and remain on strike until 18:00 on the following Tuesday.

Meanwhile, football finance expert Rob Wilson, of Sheffield Hallam University, believes Juventus stand to gain more from the transfer considering Ronaldo’s market value and performances on the pitch.

"The marketing leverage that Juventus will be able to create will be significant. Added to that the likelihood that he will strengthen the team, it seems plausible that they will be more successful domestically and qualify routinely for the Champions League. That means more sponsors, more TV money and more prize money,” he told the BBC.

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