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Industrial relations

During the first half of 2011, industrial relations at Company sites dealt with and defined a number of situations arising from the continuing economic and financial crisis which caused a downturn on European motor vehicle markets and the need to update 2011 production plants to industry trends.

As regards the Pontedera site, the company and trade union organisations signed a framework agreement in March confirming the 2011 investment plan and its focus on product development and manufacturing, the construction of the new Global Spare Parts Centre, and strategic aspect of the engines and vehicles (scooters and commercial vehicles) research centre.

A reduction in personnel and direct and indirect workers totalling 400 persons was agreed on, based on two mobility procedures: one procedure for laying off 100 office workers and middle managers, and the other for laying off 300 workers. The flexibility required, recognised by the 2009 trade union agreement, was confirmed, based on which temporary workers are employed in relation to production schedules.

Use of the Wage Guarantee Fund was limited to February, for a total of 27,412 hours.

Various parts of the 2009 supplementary trade union agreement were dealt with, including the Results Bonus (final figures for 2010 and 2011 objectives).

A trade union agreement was entered into, in January, for the Noale and Scorzè sites. Based on the agreement, an important plan to guarantee the economic and financial sustainability of the Company's investment plan will be shared, with major cost reductions and actual recovery of the technical structure's efficiency and productivity. The need to streamline staff activities and consequently downsize employees was identified for the Noale site, with estimated cuts concerning 200 people, also considering the current market context. Procedures to adopt to achieve these objectives were jointly agreed on:

  • mobility, with 80 people laid off at the Noale site and 15 at Aprilia Racing;
  • solidarity contracts to rebalance working hours with activities;
  • transfers to other group sites with greater professional opportunities, also with a view to maintaining and developing Group know how;
  • identification of new local employment opportunities, also with the support of dedicated, qualified external structures assisted by specific training activities.

At the Scorzè site, which has a production mission that has been confirmed, the use of solidarity contracts will continue in 2011 for a further 12 months, with a reduction in working hours for all site employees, effectively bringing work in line with volumes scheduled on a monthly basis, to meet market requests.

The Ministry of Employment and P.S. are completing the authorisation procedure for solidarity contracts concerning these sites.

As regards the Moto Guzzi production site, staff reorganisation was completed in 2010, and a trade union agreement entered into for the use of solidarity contracts (approved with decree no. 59717 of 31 May 2011). In the first half of 2011, the use of solidarity contracts was not necessary, as work volumes were sufficient to fully absorb available human resources.

In the first half of 2011, the trend of hours lost through industrial action increased in Italy, following a micro-conflict caused by a minority active in one trade union organisation.

In May 2011, the Spanish company Nacional Motor and the Piaggio Branch at Martorelles (Barcelona), presented an Expediente de Regulación de Empleo, with a plan to restructure various activities at these sites. Negotiations are underway at various trade union levels and with government representatives as provided for by Spanish laws.