Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Unions reach deal to save 611 Berco jobs


Rome, August 8 - A government-mediated deal to
avert more than 600 layoffs at manufacturer Berco SpA was
announced Thursday.
The company, based in Copparo, had earlier announced plans
to lay off 611 workers from its plants.
But after negotiations that continued late into the night
Wednesday, the Italian government emerged to say that an
extension of labour benefits means the jobs will be protected
for another 12 months.
Labour Minister Enrico Giovannini said he was pleased with
"the balanced agreement" reached between the Italian
Metalworkers Union (UILM) and Berco that will extend temporary
government benefits through the cassa integrazione (CIG) fund
for a year.
The arrangement demonstrates "the continuous commitment of
public institutions to operate successfully," despite the
ongoing economic and corporate crisis in Italy, Giovannini said
in a statement.
The plan is to maintain jobs at Berco sites including
Copparo, Busano, and Castelfranco while freezing the current
collective bargaining agreement at some locations until as late
as October 2015.
The new deal also includes incentives for early retirement
and employment transfers.
Berco, which was founded in Copparo in 1920, is now a
subsidiary of German-based ThyssenKrupp and employs about 3,000
in Italy producing chassis for bulldozers and other heavy
About 2,600 work in Copparo with another 100 in the
Turin-area at the town of Busano Canavese, while others are
employed at the Castelfranco plant in the Veneto region near
Berco operates foreign sales branches and subsidiary
locations in the United States, Germany, Brazil, the United
Kingdom, China, Bulgaria, and India.

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