There is a growing fear among Marangoni’s workforce that every second employee at the Rovereto site might get laid off.

Rovereto_HeadquartersDark times have reached Via del Garda in Rovereto, Italy. Approximately 290 workers at the Marangoni Group’s headquarters site have been on strike since last Thursday, provoked by a decision taken by their representative union two weeks ago.

The workers try to fight for the future of their jobs and they also fear for the future of their employer. Massimo de Alessandri, the company CEO, has described to local media Marangoni’s situation as “increasingly difficult”. Many who are affected by the company are questioning its future and are worried that Marangoni is planning to lay off up to 50 per cent of the workforce on the site. In an interview with Tyres & Accessories, de Alessandri has stated that the rumors about the reduction are “pure speculation” encouraged by insecure workers and unions. marangoni (1)
The dominant market position held at the moment by imported Chinese tires has led to the suffering of Marangoni, as a retreading company, together with the rest of the industry. Although the firm has been aided with tens of millions of euros over the recent years, most of them however have been invested outside of Italy (something many have later disapproved of).

MARANGONIAn article on the topic in Tyre Press further elaborates that according to media reports, over the past ten years a total of €65 million has been poured into Marangoni, in the form of leaseback payments (€45 million), investment grants (€15 million) or public bond purchases (€5 million). The attached conditions to these support measures of the contributing parties have been to secure the almost 300 jobs in Rovereto. Massimo de Alessandri has further assured Tyres & Accessories that there are “in the medium-term no plans for closures or transfers of production” and that layoffs will remain at the 80 job level.

Tyre Press reminded us in their article, that last August, an agreement had been reached between social partners and the authorities for the 50 workers previously employed in the new tyre production unit at Rovereto to only remain employed with reduced-hours for one more year and afterwards to be paid by the government. Last summer an announcement had been made that this upcoming August a reduction of 50 jobs would take place. Afterwards, shortly before Christmas, it had been shared during discussions with employee representatives, that as many as 80 people would soon be leaving.

Afterwards the situation really heated up when the number almost doubled as shocking news had reached the workers that the Group intends to cut between 120 and 150 positions. That’s what finally drove the workers to express their anger at the company and its management.
Within the Trentino-Alto Adige region there is even a great concern regarding whether the Rovereto site will make it at all and, if it does have a future, what sort of future this might be.

Last December a decision had been taken to stop the solid tyre production at the Marangoni’s Rovereto site until the end of next year and to relocate the production facility to Sri Lanka.

The company CEO had explained to Tyres & Accessories that the company maintained production in Italy for a long time despite the fact that 70 per cent of global solid tyre production takes place in the Indian subcontinent and predominantly in Sri Lanka, where Marangoni already operates a plant. The termination of this unit in Rovereto in the coming 24 months will happen at the cost of 30 jobs, and weakness within the retreading segment makes the CEO skeptical that these workers can be found positions in other departments.

Overall, an official confirmation of 80 layoffs in Rovereto has been given and this figure amounts to more than a quarter of the total workforce. However, Massimo de Alessandri denies any intention of Marangoni to lay off a total of 120 to 150 people at the site (as numerous publications have stated) and defined it as “pure speculation.” In the meantime, the CEO had expressed his sympathy for the workers and unions in Rovereto and has sensed “a sense of fear” among them. He has further shared that he personally is also concerned about the future of retreading in Europe.

Article source: Tyrepress