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The agreement with Trade Unions for the management of staff redundancies

05/18/2016 - 09:45 AM

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On August 4, 2010, the complex and detailed negotiations between the Italian government, Telecom Italia and trade unions, were completed positively with the signing of a framework agreement to deal with the expected surplus of personnel at Telecom Italia S.p.A. and SSC S.r.l..

The Agreement provides for recourse to mobility under Law 223/91, allowing workers to change jobs according to agreed criteria, and for Solidarity Contracts to be implemented together with strategic training as an essential tool for promoting professional retraining and re-skilling in order to avoid surplus of personnel.

Solidarity Contracts are agreements that provide for working hours to be reduced in order to avoid, partially or totally, downsizing or declaration of redundancy. For the workers to whom the contract will be applied, provision is made for INPS [social security] to make up part of the remuneration not received due to the reduction in working hours.

In summary, the agreement of August 4, 2010 provides for the following:

  • recourse to mobility pursuant to Law 223/91 for 3,900 employees of Telecom Italia S.p.A. (including 200 from the previous mobility procedure pursuant to the agreement of September 19, 2008);
  • Solidarity Contracts of the “defensive” type to be implemented to deal with the surplus of further 1,100 workers of Telecom Italia S.p.A.;
  • organisation of specific courses to allow the professional retraining and consequent re-employment of workers covered by the Solidarity Contract, with priority being given to the Directory Assistance employees;
  • provision to extend the Solidarity Contract of July 21, 2009 for Directory Assistance (12.54) workers for a further two years;
  • application of the Solidarity Contract to a maximum of 450 surplus workers of SSC S.r.l. and the launch of a professional retraining plan;
  • recourse to mobility pursuant to Law 223/91 for the workers of SSC S.r.l. not covered by the Solidarity Contract.

In October and November 2010, agreements were drawn up to apply the guidelines identified in the framework agreement of August 4, 2010.

The benefit on the cost of labour for 2015 was 44 million euros for the Group as a whole (145 million euros in 2014) and around 34 million euros for Telecom Italia S.p.A. (121 million euros in 2014).

According to the plan 2016-108 current solidarity will generate a saving of 353.7 million euros.