Fiat's temporary shutdown, announced on Tuesday, and set to take effect on February 22, is "not appropriate," Scajola said, stressing that the move came as unemployment is a key issue in Italy.
The company's move comes "during these very days that we are dealing with the delicate issue of Termini Imerese," Scajola, said in an interview with news television channel SkyTG24.
Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, recently announced that the Turin-based company intends to permanently close its plant in Termini Imerese, Sicily by the end of 2011.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government has repeatedly urged Fiat to reconsider the move which - if implemented - could render some 1,600 workers jobless.
Fiat's decision on the country-wide temporary stop, "could be interpreted by some as blackmail," said the CISL labour union's General Secretary Raffaele Bonanni, referring to ongoing negotiations with the carmaker over the fate of Termini Imerese.
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