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Palermo, the people of Almaviva in the square: sit-in in the prefecture – Video

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A trade union delegation was received by the prefect to represent the plight of the call center workers

PALERMO – Just six months after the painstakingly reached agreement, the more than 500 operators of the former Alitalia fall back into the nightmare of dismissal.
Covisian, the company that won the contract and was supposed to guarantee the continuity of employment of the workers, announced the failure to reach an agreement with Ita on the signing of the contract for the supply of the contact center service.

A cold shower for the workers who protested this morning in front of the prefecture of Palermo asking for the immediate convening of the table at the Ministry of Labor.

A trade union delegation was received by the prefect to represent the plight of the call center workers, at the center of the dispute linked to the takeover of Ita to Alitalia and the handover of the customer service contract to Covisian.
Representing the Municipality, the councilor Giovanna Marano was present.

On 21 October, an agreement was reached that made workers safe.
But a few days ago Covisian declared that the commercial agreement with Ita was not successful and that the contract for the supply of the contact center service will expire at the end of the month.

“Unfortunately, on 1 April the workers of the former Alitalia call center hired in Covisian and those still waiting to pass through Almaviva received yet another cold shower.
An agreement that had secured over 600 people was disregarded in a single moment – declared for the SLC CGIL Palermo Emiliano Cammarata and Massimiliano Fiduccia – Covisian canceled an agreement signed at the Ministry of Labor, which saw the entire government as guarantor.
We have now gone back 6 months.
Over 500 workers risk losing their jobs in a city like Palermo which certainly cannot afford it ”.

“We ask the prefect – Cammarata and Fiduccia add – that he write a note to the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies so that a table is immediately convened to clarify a grotesque affair: Covisian had made commitments, Ita had made commitments and the Ministry of Labor was the guarantor of this agreement.
It is a problem that affects the whole sector: unfortunately we have been pursuing industrial crises for too long now.
We need a serious industrial policy for this sector “.

“This umpteenth occupational drama – continue Fiduccia and Cammarata – must be resolved immediately, in certain times.
The table must arrive immediately because it was the Ministry of Labor, during a complicated negotiation, that acted as guarantor so that no one would lose a job.
We need to establish responsibility for what happened.
We ask for a table so that the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies performs its role of guarantor on compliance with an agreement which, if disregarded, would not only have social and economic consequences but would be devastating on a situation already compromised because Almaviva gives for some time it has been exiting this market by taking off its orders.
Therefore it would not have the possibility to re-employ the 300 people who were waiting to pass through Covisian, with what can ensue ”.