Unions representing Fiat workers in Italy voted Thursday to stage a four-hour nationwide strike on Feb. 3 in the latest protest over the company's decision to shut down a factory in Sicily.

A union official told AFP that the unions had approved plans for Fiat's 85,000 workers to lay down tools next month.

Hundreds out of the approximately 1,400 staff at the Termini Imerese factory in Sicily, the factory threatened with closure, were already on strike this week.

Fiat's chief executive Sergio Marchionne announced the closure last June to cut costs.