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Lido de Jesolo

Dalla Via bodied Iveco 370. A Dalla Via employee’s history of the company (translated from Italian):

From Crisis to Via Body

The body produces buses, suburban and luxury featuring names of artists (Giotto, Titian, Palladio, Tintoretto). Currently, for Titian and Tintoretto public transport companies for private travel companies. The workers assemble buses starting from a frame (Iveco Italy, Mercedes Germany, Daf Netherlands) in three production departments (shells, painting, assembly) coordinated by a technical department.

The "Luigi Dalla Via" currently employs 75 employees (56 workers and 19 employees). Since the crisis, in October 2006, nine workers were laid off and another was not renewed the fixed-term contract of 2 years.

When he was in his historic home in the center of Schio, before his transfer to the industrial area, the factory employed 200 employees. In the mid-70s were already reduced to 120-130.

Throughout the production cycle is inside the factory; does not exist, that is, work entrusted to outside firms; professional working is artisanal, very high. The technical department invents and creates the model, the bus line.

In the early ’80s, Stefanelli, current Chairman of the Board (representative of Iveco in Triveneto and former owner of the municipal transport companies, including the historic Siamic) joins the company of Andrea Dalla Via, son of the founder of the body, by imposing ‘ current CEO Alberto Tonzig and reaching the majority of the property divided by the rest with the heirs of Andrea Dalla Via.

In those years the conflict metalworkers is still very high. The awareness of the conflict is also developed in the body Dalla Via, where you have a serious problem to the union apparatus and a timely political action in disputes and contracts, which is also expressed by overcoming the specific working conditions of the factory and the ‘membership – maybe a determined minority of workers – the national strikes organized by trade unions basis (Cobas, Cub, …) against imperialist wars in Palestine, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan.

The factory is repressed through disciplinary action, suspension, threats of layoffs, bullying … any form of political expression that is not the union’s institutional.

The CEO for nearly 30 years Tonzig centralizes an absolute command in the factory is its every decision of any kind, administrative, technical, purchasing inventory, production changes, staff relations … This inappropriate and absurd centralization of functions of ‘ administrator, the failure to invest in research and therefore the application of new technologies, the inability to innovate and exceed Toyotism before and after the new European regulations on goods and their movement are the main elements of the crisis.

The decision not to hire technical staff to participate in tenders and public auctions, in order to introduce new engines with the limitation of consumption and pollution, the late and incomplete computerization of the stock, the lack of internal organization departments has led to the latest and most great crisis of the body.

The elimination of the spare chassis for their high fixed cost in the balance sheet has prevented the company, unlike other times as "difficult", the shift of production in the construction of bus base. In this way, in earlier periods of the IGC, there was a sort of continuity in the production which provided part of the "rotation" for the workers, except for those awkward shapes, policies, deemed "not available."

The current crisis is attributed, officially, the inability to have the new chassis "EUR 4" (mandatory for European standards) for a closing "technique" of manufacturers in the sense that "they too were doing." The producers of the chassis, Mercedes, Iveco and Daf are the same as competitors of the Street at public auctions.

However, there is a huge delay in the business organization, who suddenly finds himself without frames because the technical department can not do its work independently, as it is completely subordinate to the direction (so much so that it is also "politically separate" in the sense that the technical and administrative staff not participate in the struggles of contract, nor to those for internal disputes).

In 2005, the body mandates a "manager" to be rationalization of the production process through

I know the job is to "islands" of a department and repair, with the priority of eliminating collective break of 15 minutes unpaid. The attempt fails, the practitioner is paid, but the body produces a commercial agreement to sell its own brand of small buses (short) constructed entirely in Turkey. Business relationship that still continues.

Summer 2006: transition from an intensive production rates (shifts, overtime) to the lack of public procurement. The request for a salary adjustment of reward, stalled for more than 10 years, ending with a confrontation with the direction within the Confederation and the misery of a "one-off" the same for all of 250 Euros. In the body there are few members of the union, became trade union services, and very few members Fiom, whose representative he never saw action because the unions in the factories are proportional to the number of tiles.

Not only does the conflict is difficult, but also the only resistance struggle to keep the historical achievements after the union agreements in recent years on pensions, 35 hours, 30 Law and recently the theft of the TFR and the future role of the union as a recruitment agency Company in accordance with Law 30.

Under these conditions, with workers being undermined by the uncertainty of the assumptions in recent years, the factory Has Opened the crisis, recourse to the ICJ for 18 months.

The meetings between MSW, business, trade unions and Confindustria show a severe financial crisis and the lack of a business plan (condition, the latter, in order to obtain the layoffs). Eventually, the plan is clear, but this is the usual restructuring, with the center to create a new model of bus (Mantegna), competitive for public companies, which will reduce costs by 20-30% by reducing department bodyshells and painting, for which the construction of the bus must be external to the factory, maybe delocalized.

The renovation also includes a cut in employment of 24 employees, 16 workers and 8 employees, about 75 workers.

In the last meeting to get the CIGS (12 months for the crisis in the sector, 18 months for internal restructuring) CEO Tonzig called for a "signal" – of the workers – to the shareholders who had to recapitalize the company: to the suppression of the new 15-minute paid break for all employees for a trial period of one year and the increase in the canteen meal from the political price of 1.30 €, 2 €.

Previously there had been an attempt to close the canteen or to rent it (including the two cooks who then lost the warranty contract engineering) to a company that specializes in catering.

Workers have exchanged the abolition of Experimental paid break and the rising cost canteen, with the guarantee from the direction of the advance for the first 3 months pending completion of the CIGS bureaucratic for the provision on the part of ‘ INPS.

There was never an announcement of the closure of the factory and perhaps this explains the lack of public mobilization, even if, as expected, the crisis has been invested, the Provincial Administration, the local press and the Mayor of Schio (employee of ‘technical department of the body).

Since the crisis workers "From the Street" have already lost the certainty of having acquired rights, jobs and having to survive for 18 months (maybe) with 750 € after having guaranteed, as always, the maximum profit for the masters.

Surely some have understood that watch and wait for events that can not be counter-productive; others are raising the question of the need to develop a uniform level from the territory, and not just from the workplace.

The time unit can not only be union, and not limited to a single work; you have to lay the groundwork for the creation of a political moment of recomposition of the workers as exploited, because their interests are distinct from those of the employer.

The workers can not and should not pay the price of the crisis or business closures.