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A parts warehouse supplying Piaggio’s scooter plant in Pontedera has been blockaded by an industrial dispute that broke out at the end of June. The facility, which is owned and operated by Swiss-based global supply-chain outsourcing giant CEVA Logistics, uses sub-contracted staff from a local cooperative.

Trade unions representing some 115 of these workers had been in negotiations for a €400 (£350) monthly pay rise to bring their wages in line with those received by direct CEVA employees doing similar jobs elsewhere in Italy. When talks reached stalemate, the workforce walked out on strike and subsequently picketed the warehouse gates to stop further parts deliveries.

Union representatives have said the situation remains unresolved. So Piaggio, which is not directly involved in the dispute, faces disrupted seasonal peak scooter production prior to its traditional August summer holiday shutdown.