Italy - Job vouchers system leads to insecurity of workers - March 31, 2016

Trade unions and labour experts are worried about the rapid spread of a payment scheme originally used only for seasonal farm labourers which they say is being abused by employers and undermining workers’ rights. Under the system, workers are not paid directly in money but with vouchers which the employer buys online, or at a post office or tobacconist, for 10 euros, 20 euros or 50 euros each. Workers then cash their vouchers in and receive 7.5 euros for each 10 euros of face value, with 2.5 euros going to the state to cover insurance and pension contributions. There is no contract, so workers have no rights in areas such as sick pay, holidays or leave, with obvious advantages and savings for employers. Workers paid in vouchers can continue to claim what benefits they are already entitled to, but do not accrue any right to jobless benefits when their employment ends. The government has announced a revision of the voucher system.

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