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Expo labour pact provides 800 jobs for young interns


(by Sandra Cordon)Milan, July 24 - A flexible labour
pact between unions and management of Milan Expo 2015 could
create as many as 800 jobs for youth at the world's fair,
including apprentices and on-the-job training in mounting
special events, organizers say.
The new protocol could also become a model of cooperation
and employment flexibility for other major events in future, say
proponents of the deal, which must still be approved by the
Italian government.
Premier Enrico Letta has already praised the agreement as
"an excellent deal," and one that could become "a national
model" for other relevant events.
Signed by Giuseppe Sala, commissioner of Milan Expo, and
several major union organizations including the CGIL, CISL and
UIL, the protocol covers workers involved in preparations for
world fair as well as the event itself.
The deal is an important "first step" towards creating new
jobs connected with Milan Expo 2015, says Labour Minister Enrico
And it includes several "good ideas" on work experience
training, apprenticeship programs and worker safety, said
"The social partners have understood the importance of the
event internationally as a historic opportunity for the country,
especially in terms of opportunities for increased employment,"
said the minister.
Milan's Expo 2015 will open on May 1, 2015 and continue
until October 31 of that year.
The protocol focuses on flexible arrangements in relation
to apprenticeships, fixed-term contracts, and on-the-job
training for workers who want to specialize in technical
management of major events and the relevant systems.
It is designed to cover contracts of at least six months to
a maximum of one year.
About 340 designated apprentices, who must be under the age
29, are covered and another 300 fixed-term contracts that could
begin in 2014 are provided for, drawing from lists of unemployed
As well, just under 200 intern trainees working in 17
different vocational areas are included under the protocol,
earning compensation for their expenses and daily meals.
"It is a laboratory", for flexible arrangements, says
Labour Committee President Maurizio Sacconi.
The text also defines the scope of activities for
volunteers recruited directly by Expo 2015 SpA to assist in
hospitality and greeting visitors from the more than 130
countries that have so far signed on to participate in Expo
It has been estimated that about 18,500 official volunteers
will be included in programming, working a minimum of five hours
daily for an average of two weeks each so a larger number of
individuals can be included in the volunteer rotation.

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