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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-11/1185 – Updated – measures in Italy
, applies locally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 13 March 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||25 September 2020 (updated 14 September 2021)|
The company level agreement was signed on 13 March 2020 by the company Ferrero S.p.A and the main trade unions in the food sector FAI-CISL, FLAI-CGIL, and UILA-UIL. According to the Decree 11 March 2020, but anticipating the measures introduced at the national level, the company agreements established a new protocol to guarantee the health and safety of the workers in the plant during the COVID-19 emergency. The company in fact decided to continue the production by halving the number of workers in the plant.
The agreement provides a detailed framework concerning the health and safety regulation in the plant and the new work organisation to implement during the emergency. Regarding the former, it established the following provisions:
Concerning the work organisation, it set:
The Ferrero S.p.A is an international group. The provisions contained in the agreement apply only to the Ferrero plant located in Alba, Italy. The establishment employs about 4,500 workers, including full-time, part-time and temporary workers. The measures affect the workforce according to the activities performed in the plant, whether productive or administrative.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The three main trade unions organising in the food sector (FAI-CISL, FLAI-CGIL, and UILA-UIL) have directly participated in the negotiation for the definition of the company-level agreement. Only the union organisations which have signed the sectoral national collective agreement applied in the plant are allowed to negotiate company-level agreements.
The trade unions are satisfied with the provisions included in the agreement: the continuation of the production by halving the workers in the plant enabled to safeguard the jobs and the income levels of the workforce and, at the same time, to ensure a safe work environment during the COVID-19 emergency phase.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I56 Food and beverage service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Ferrero company-level agreement for health and safety of workers during the COVID-19 emergency, measure IT-2020-11/1185 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2020-11_1185.html
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