da: The New York Times
In a country where Fiats line the streets, Italians have long clung to a revealing proverb: as Fiat goes, so goes Italy. Fiat’s efforts to make its workers more productive at a plant just north of Naples are testing that maxim as never before, and may signal whether Italians are willing to embrace the kind of change needed for Italy to skirt financial ruin and be more competitive with the countries of Northern Europe and the rest of the world.
Even some workers here in Pomigliano, Fiat’s lowest-producing plant, complain of ingrained bad habits, citing peers who call in sick to earn money while working another job or skip work with a fake doctor’s note — especially when the local soccer team is playing.
Now, fresh from rescuing Chrysler in the United States, Sergio Marchionne of Fiat is pushing these workers to be…