Genoa - 114 Piaggio Aero workers, of whom 80 are based in Genoa, received letters of dismissal this morning. These are workers who are currently under a redundancy payment plan, due to expire in July. The confirmation comes from union sources. “This morning Piaggio Aero put in motion a collective dismissal procedure despite having said that there would be no redundancies and if the company feels authorized to do this, it is because the government has in fact given the ok to the new business plan,” retaliates Antonio Caminito of Genoa’s Fiom Cgil. The unions have asked for an immediate meeting with the company: “We want to understand what their real intentions are,” says the trade unionist, “and if our demand does not receive a reply immediately, we are ready to take to the streets.” Anger but above all bitterness towards the executive body that on February 15 effectively endorsed the company’s business plan of the company in order to avoid its demise: “It is clear that the government has huge responsibilities because it has filled them with money,” continues the accusation made by Fiom, “and it neither managed to secure a serious business plan nor to avoid the redundancies.” The downsizing of the labour force is part of the industrial plan that has been opposed by the unions for months. The plan includes the search for a buyer for its Engines division, the sale of the IP behind its P180 aircraft, the sale of its flagship aircraft company based in Villanova d’Albenga, and to focus on the “military aircrafts” sector. For the P180 there is talk of a Chinese group interested in the acquisition. The business plan was basically approved last February 15 at the Ministry of Economic Development. At that time the government claimed that Golden Power had the obligation to only protect the activities related to the nation’s defence and cannot therefore influence the plan as a whole.