Half an hour unpaid and anti-hot weather agreements: good flexibility that works in Veneto

Half an hour worked unpaid? The Joint & Welding case in Sedico, Belluno, where employees decided to work an extra half hour unpaid despite trade union’s opposition, is still triggering discussion. In the same province of Belluno, there have already been similar agreements and the downward revision of bonuses at the beginning of the crisis. But now, some companies are buying newspaper pages to tell people what happened next and how it ended up.

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FLEXIBILITY, HOT WEATHER AND THE KEYS – In the region of Veneto, agreements between trade unions and companies have proved an interesting laboratory able to find innovative solutions to face the economic downturn. A clear example of this is Silca, a company based in Vittorio Veneto, Treviso, where key blanks and key cutting machines are designed, engineered and manufactured, with an export rate of over 80 per cent. In the past few years the production bonus of € 1,000 on average has always been awarded to the 400 employees, who have recently asked and obtained the so-called “anti-hot weather” agreement. The morning shift has been anticipated to allow those working in the manufacturing departments to operate in the coolest hours of the day. Production departments have been reorganized in the past two years according to the principles of “lean manufacturing” and the rule that anyone can suggest solutions to improve workers’ well-being in the factory has been introduced. Hence, following an employees’ request, plants have been put in the milling and cutting departments to make the work environment cozier.

Source: Il Sole 24 Ore
Monday 16 July 2013
Author of the original article: Barbara Ganz