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Fiat workers are striking in anger at Juventus’ $130 million deal for Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Fiat workers set to strike over Italian soccer club Juventus’ purchase of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Around 30% of Fiat is owned by the Agnelli family, which also owns Juventus.
  • “The owners should invest in car models that guarantee the future of thousands of people rather than enriching only one,” a statement from the striking USB union said.

Angry workers at Italian automaker Fiat are set to go on strike to protest soccer club Juventus’ signing of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo for around €112 million ($130 million).

Juventus’ owners, the Agnelli family, also controls about 30% of Fiat Chrysler through a holding company. Workers are angry because they believe the huge sum spent on Ronaldo would have been better spent investing in Fiat.

The USB Union, which is leading the strike, said that the Agnellis would have been better served helping the lives of workers, “rather than enriching only one.”

“It is unacceptable that while the (owners) ask workers of FCA… for huge economic sacrifices for years, the same decide to spend hundreds of millions of euros for the purchase of a player,” a statement from the union said.

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