Italy Plans National Microelectronics Strike Day On Friday

Italy is to have a National Microelectronics Strike Day on Friday to protest against Micron Technology’s attempt to sack 40% of its Italian workforce.

It is expected that the action will affect all microelectronics companies in a Italy, including STMicroelectronics. The National Strike Day follows street protests in Rome and Catania.

A meeting last Friday between the local Micron managers, workers, the unions, Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) officials and representatives of local institutions failed to make any progress on the issues of severance pay, relocation or the job security of the remaining 609 employees.

The principal board members of Micron Italy –  the President of  Micron Italy, Scott DeBoer, and  the Vice-President Brian Hemetty  – have not participated in  any of the meetings concerning the lay-offs at the Ministry of Economic Development with unions and other institutions, despite being repeatedly requested to attend the talks by the staff of the ministry. The talks have been delegated to junior executives without the power to make any decisions.

Micron has 1028 employees in Italy and has said it will sack 419.

A meeting at MISE is planned for later this week which Micron board members are expected to attend and spell out their plans for both the 419 sacked employees and the 609 who will remain.

Severance packages and relocation options, which have still not been resolved, are expected to be discussed.

Micron’s actions in Italy have provoked support for the sacked workers from the President of the Italian Republic, the Mayors of Catania and Messina and former ST CEO Pasquale Pistorio. And the EC authorities hold a watching brief.

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