Italy - Solidarity contracts replace redundancies at Telecom - August 31, 2009

On July 21, at the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policy, Italy's biggest telecommunications group, Telecom, signed an agreement with the sectoral trade unions, transforming collective redundancy for 470 workers into 1,054 solidarity contracts.

This move follows the company's announcement of its Strategic Plan 2009-2011, providing for 4,000 redundancies.

The job security agreements will be valid for two years, from 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2011. In this period, the actors involved will meet every six months to verify the activities that the company has undertaken to re-launch services and the use of human resources.

The three trade union confederations have welcomed the agreement and the company's effort to save jobs in difficult times.

Solidarity contracts agreed at Telecom in place of collective redundancies at

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