Internal restructuring
Sud; Campania; Caserta
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27.51 - Manufacture of electric domestic appliances

350 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2015
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


Whirlpool, an US appliance manufacturer, is to lay off 350 workers at its plant of Carinaro (Caserta).

The group, already operational in Italy, acquired last year the concurrent company Indesit, which was already implementing a restructuring plan in its Italian sites (please, see IndesitIT-2013).

The group did not disclose a detailed industrial plan for the former Indesit sites up to April 2015, when it announced a restructuring plan involving the closure of the industrial plants of Carinaro (Caserta) and Fabriano (Ancona) and of the centre of None (Torino), providing R&D activities and logistic services. Few weeks later the group disclosed as well the intention to reduce the headcount of its administrative departments for a total number of 2,060 redundancies to be implemented with effect from 2018.

However, as a result of negotiations with the government and the unions, an agreement was reached entailing the continuation of activities in Carinaro and None, and a significant reduction of redundancies. The agreement sets out 350 dismissals at the site of Carinaro, to be implemented by means of early retirement (200) and incentivised voluntary dismissals (150).

The site will be employed for the production of spare parts for the European and Asian markets and 320 workers will be trained for this purpose. The remaining employees will be relocated to the plants in Naples (100) and Varese (50). The site in Fabriano will close by the end June 2016 and its workers will be moved to the close factory of Melano (Ancona), whereas the centre of None will be outsourced to Mole Logistica, which will absorb the current staff.

The unions and the government expressed satisfaction for the new plan. Workers approved the agreement on 13 July through a referendum. For previous restructurings regarding Whirlpool in Italy, please see WhirlpoolIT-2013, WhirlpoolIT-2011, WhirlpoolIT-2008.


  • 11 July 2014: La Stampa
  • 21 February 2015: Ansa
  • 20 May 2015: La Stampa
  • 23 June 2015: La Stampa


Eurofound (2015), Whirlpool, Internal restructuring in Italy, factsheet number 84252, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/84252.