TURIN -- Groups of Fiat workers in Turin downed tools for four hours on Thursday, demanding the Italian industrial group invest more money in the Mirafiori factory.
Unions said half the workers on the night shift had walked out for four hours, while 80 percent had observed the strike during the morning shift. Fiat said 18 percent of night workers and 33 percent on the morning shift had stopped work.
Unions have long worried that Fiat will turn its back on the Mirafiori plant, shifting production to more efficient and cheaper plants elsewhere in Italy or abroad.
Fiat has been hit by a series of strikes over the last few years as it slashes costs to pull itself out of deep losses.