On January 22, the supplementary employment contract was signed for employees of companies that carry out agro-mechanical activities in the province of Cuneo. The contract is valid only for members of the Cuneo Thresher Union, by virtue of its national membership of Uncai.
“ The agreement, which came after a year and a half of negotiations, represents a great step forward for our category – comments Massimo Silvestro , president of the Cuneo Thresher Union -; the flexibility required by the provincial agro-mechanical world was understood and accepted by the FAI-CISL, FLAI-CGIL and UILA-UIL unions. Perhaps it is the first time that an agreement of this magnitude has been reached in Piedmont on a second-level collective agreement for agro-mechanical work “.
Specifically, for the first time in the province of Cuneo, the contract specifies the work phases , envisaged by the national contract for fixed-term contracts at a local level. “Finally, companies will have the opportunity to organize their fixed-term workforce by specifying in the hiring letters for which activity the worker will be employed and with the possibility of interrupting work without pay in case of adverse weather, impracticability of the field, interval between one working phase and another, machine downtime for maintenance interventions “, adds the director of the Thresher Union Stefano Isoardi. Furthermore, given the typical nature of the sector at provincial level, a particular flexibility has been introduced in case of temporary hiring of self-employed agricultural workers, when they make an express written request for their professional needs.
Finally, recognizing the existing seasonality in the sector, the territorial collective agreement allows the overcoming of the usage restrictions for newly-term contracts introduced by Decree Dignity: “For this seasonal contract will not apply the bond of causal in cases of renewal or the rules on the maximum duration of the contracts “, concludes Silvestro.