Italy: Union Calls For a Strike At Fiat Chrysler Plant Over Ronaldo Transfer

Workers at the Fiat Chrysler Melfi plant in Italy have called for a strike to protest against the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Exor, the company of Italy’s Agnelli/Elkann family, owns 64 percent of Italian club Juventus and 30 percent of Fiat Chrysler.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid, joined Juventus on Tuesday after the Italian club agreed to pay 100 million euros to Real Madrid for his transfer.

Ronaldo Joins Juventus

The confirmation of the transfer came after many days of rumors on if Ronaldo was really going to move to the Italian club. The Portuguese star officially joined the club on Tuesday but workers at the plant were not happy with the amount of money spent by the company.

The USB Union said in an emailed statement that it is unacceptable that while the owners ask workers of the company for economic sacrifices, they decide to spend millions of euros for the purchase of a player.

Strike To Begin On Sunday

The union does not represent all of the workers at the plant but they have organized a strike that will take place from Sunday to Tuesday. Thousands of workers at Fiat Chrysler plants in the country have been on temporary layoff schemes due to the lack of new models. The union also said that owners should focus on investing in car models that guarantee the future of thousands of people.

It is not the first time that the Italian club spends large amounts of money for a star. Back in July 2016, Juventus agreed to pay Napoli 90 million euros for striker Gonzalo Higuain. The acquisition was one of the biggest ever made by the club.

Second Big Transfer

This is now the second time that Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in a record setting transfer. In 2009, the Portuguese star joined Real Madrid after the Spanish club agreed to pay 80 million pounds to Manchester United.

Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 games during his time with Real Madrid. In May 2018, the Spanish club made history when it won its third Champions League trophy in a row. Ronaldo hinted at an exit from the club after the game was over but there were no rumors until a report from the Spanish media recently revealed that Juventus were interested in signing him. Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the Italian club on a four-year contract.