Sabato, 16 Febbraio 2019
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Labor ministry plans to trace work vouchers

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Rome, March 22 - Italy's labour ministry said
Tuesday it plans to present a corrective decree for Premier
Matteo Renzi's Jobs Act labour market reform to make it easier
to trace 10-euro vouchers used to pay for occasional work.
Companies will have to report the name and tax ID number of
workers being paid with vouchers, as well as information
regarding the time, location, and duration of the job.
It said the norm aimed to tackle illegal behaviour on the
part of companies, which it said could behave like citizens who
buy bus tickets but only validate them when the inspector gets
on the bus.
About 1.4 million people were paid with vouchers in 2015, a
report by the labour ministry showed on Tuesday.
The average takings for workers from this form of payment
was 633 euros in a year, the ministry said. Only 0.4% of people
who received vouchers were paid more than 5,000 euros this way.
About 7.9% of voucher receivers were working with the same
company in the three months preceding the use of the vouchers,
the report found.
Labor Minister Giuliano Poletti said earlier this month
the government would intervene to "tighten the screws" on the
use of vouchers.
"We don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater,"
he said, adding that while vouchers have "positive aspects" they
can also give rise to "illegal or improper behaviors - (which)
we want to eliminate".
INPS pensions and social security agency said last month
that more than 115 million work vouchers were sold in 2015, or
66.1% more than in 2014.
CGIL union federation chief Susanna Camusso commented those
figures by slamming the vouchers as a "a negation of labor" and
as tools to de facto push workers off the books.
"Vouchers are not traceable," she said. "They have
been used in farming, tourism, and a series of sectors in which
there used to be seasonal, organized labor, which has now
disappeared".

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