AFTER THE SHARP FALL IN THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COUNTERMEASURES AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS, AUTOSTRADE PER L’ITALIA RATIFIES AN AGREEMENT WITH THE TRADE UNIONS TO ACTIVATE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
The action falls within the scope of the Legislative Decree “Cura Italia” (Healing Italy). The Company has scheduled a series of meeting to regularly monitor and update the benefits according to the developments in the traffic volume.
Traffic and safety services remain active on the road network
Rome, Saturday 21 March 2020. Following the movement restrictions required to limit the COVID-19 outbreak, the volume of traffic has regularly and progressively dropped on the Autostrade per l’Italia road network. During the week from the 9 to the 15 of March, the traffic drop reached 56,3%, with daily peaks above 84%. This is the most significant decline in transit registered by the Company since its foundation, both in the public and private period.
To tackle the new emergency in the Country, Autostrade per l’Italia has adopted a set of measures aiming at guaranteeing the road network functioning based on the low traffic volumes, while also ensuring the full compliance of its employees with the health protection provisions issued by the Government.
Where possible, the Company has implemented smart working solutions, both in central and territorial offices. Moreover, a set of unemployment benefits (Ordinary Redundancy Fund) defined under the Legislative Decree “Cura Italia” has been activated from Monday 23 March to Sunday 24 May 2020, to ensure the employment continuity
A notice from CIGO (Ordinary Redundancy Fund) will be sent to the entire workforce of ASPI, about 4700 employees, which will involve 1500 people (full-time equivalent) in a turnover scheme based on a careful analysis of the network management requirements and of the job duties carried out. For example, 50% of the staff and 20% of those in charge of operational duties will be at work, thus involving about 30% of the Company entire workforce. These decisions were agreed on by ASPI and the trade unions of the road network and tunnel sector, which have ratified an agreement to activate the CIGO benefits.
The solution identified in the agreement ensures continuity in terms of road services and traffic safety, monitoring of the works of art and maintenance works that cannot be postponed.
The agreement provides for a series of meeting between the Company and the trade unions to regularly monitor the implementation of the Ordinary Redundancy Fund (CIGO) and, evaluate possible further actions according to the changes in the traffic volume.