TURIN -- Fiat Auto workers in the carmaker's home town of Turin plan to strike for two hours on Thursday, three weeks before a nationwide strike against Fiat's restructuring plan.
A union source said on Tuesday that workers at Fiat's Mirafiori plant would down tools in protest at some engine production being moved to Argentina and at a rescue plan they say leaves a question mark over the sprawling Turin plant.
Fiat Auto workers across Italy are due to strike for four hours on Nov. 5, the first nationwide stoppage to hit the loss-making group since April.
Fiat is trying to cut costs and improve productivity as it battles to recover from its worst crisis in a cut-throat market where competitors are offering profit-crimping incentives that Fiat can little afford.
Pressure is growing on unions across Europe with General Motors reported to be planning to axe up to 13,000 jobs. Volkswagen is threatening to cut more than 30,000 jobs to knock 2 billion euros ($2.48 billion) off its personnel costs.