Summary Box: Fiat CEO's comments draw union fire

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Posted: Oct 25, 2010 2:47 PM
Summary Box: Fiat CEO's comments draw union fire

ANGRY REACTION: Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne elicited an angry reaction from some labor and government officials Monday after saying the Italian auto company would be better off without Italy and its unions.

THE COMMENTS: Marchionne said Italy has been lagging behind in the past decade. He cited poor labor efficiency but also blamed a system that he said lost competitiveness over the years.

UNION STRUGGLE: Fiat has been in tense negotiations with unions partly over its plan to shut down a Sicilian factory. Some unions believe Marchionne wants to abandon Italy and outsource production.