Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Fiat workers livid over Juventus' blockbuster deal with Ronaldo

Fiat workers livid over Juventus' blockbuster deal with Ronaldo

Madrid are in the market for a marquee signing following Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational move to Juventus but Lazio aren't ready to let Milinkovic-Savic go without a fight as the report says they'll hold out for a fee closer to £132m.

After nine years, four Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid, Ronaldo completed a surprise move to Italy's Serie A earlier this week, saying "the time has come to open a new stage in my life".

The union urged Fiat owners to invest in its workforce to bolster the finances of "thousands of people instead of only one".

"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.

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 BBC. Portugal made the last 16 of the tournament, in stark contrast to Italy, who failed to qualify for the first time since 1958.

Both Fiat's Melfi plant and Juventus are part-owned by the wealthy Agnelli family and controlled through a holding company.

The USB Lavoro Privato union does not represent all workers at Melfi and the strike will be short, running from Sunday 15 July to Tuesday 17 July.

However, the impact of the stoppage is likely to be limited.

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