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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-13/1183 – Updated – measures in Italy
, applies locally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 27 March 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||25 September 2020 (updated 14 September 2021)|
The company level agreement was signed on 27 March 2020 by the company Granarolo and the main trade unions in the agri-food sector FAI-CISL, FLAI-CGIL, and UILA-UIL. Following the reduced productive activity in the plant during the pandemic emergency, it aimed at ensuring continuity to the whole workforce and to safeguard the income levels of the workers by recurring to the payroll subsidies. In fact, according to the Decree no. 18. issued on 17 March 2020 (article 19), all the companies facing a decrease in their activities due to the COVID-19 emergency are allowed to apply for the use of the payroll subsidies financed by the INPS (National Institute for Social Protection).
The social partners agreed upon the following provisions relating to the adoption of the payroll subsidies:
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|30 June 2021||
The measure does not have a specific end date, but it is connected with the measures on the Ordinary Wage Integration Fund defined by the government, which have ended the possibility for companies to rely on the Ordinary Wage Integration Fund for reasons connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group Granarolo employs about 2,800 workers, spread across fourteen establishments located in Italy and eight abroad. The measures apply to the workforce employed in Italy.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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 largest trade unions in the agri-food sector have been involved (Fai Cisl, Flai Cgil, Uila Uil). They represent the signatory parties of the national collective agreement in the sector, accordingly allowed to signed company-level agreements.
The trade unions declared to be particularly satisfied of this agreements, since they obtained the commitment of the company to top-up the share of payroll subsidy paid by the INPS (National Institute for the Social Protection) up to the 100% of the gross income level of each worker. The financial participation of the employer is not compulsory, hence it represents an important achievement in their opinion.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Company-level agreement on the use of payroll subsidies, measure IT-2020-13/1183 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2020-13_1183.html
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