General Motors filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday (20), claiming that the rival bribed representatives of the United Auto Workers union over many years to interfere with the labor negotiation process and gain advantages. that cost GM billions of dollars. General Motors has said it will seek "substantial" redress from the FCA and will reinvest resources in the United States. The company did not give details about values.
The lawsuit was filed at a time when FCA is working to merge with French rival PSA and is negotiating a four-year employment contract with UAW.
"We are shocked by this process, both for its content and the moment it was opened," the FCA said in a statement. "We can only assume that this is intended to disrupt our proposed merger with PSA as well as our negotiations with the UAW."
A PSA representative did not comment immediately.
The UAW left FCA to finally negotiate a labor settlement after striking deals with Ford last week and GM in October.
The trade union central said in a statement that "we are confident that the terms of these contracts were not affected" by the actions of FCA or UAW representatives. The entity said it "regrets" that the allegations may cause doubts about the contracts.
GM's lawsuit cites three former FCA executives who pleaded guilty to an ongoing federal investigation into the UAW and FCA. GM said the investigation, along with its own investigation, resulted in the process.