[G4-HR4] [G4-DMA Employment] TIM has always entertained open, transparent relations with the trade unions and workers’ representatives, in the belief that it is only through continuous, constructive dialogue that the best possible balance can be struck with respect to the expectations of all stakeholders.
[G4-11] All Group workers, both in Italy and in Brazil, are covered by Collective Labour Agreements reached with Trade Union Organisations and all personnel are guaranteed the possibility of attending union meetings, in terms of paid leave and company space to enable them to be held, as well as of freely participating in consultation procedures for the election of trade union representatives. In no Group operations is the right to union participation at risk or disputed. Amongst other things, union agreements lay down the ways in which these rights can be enforced and establish the bodies in charge of controlling compliance therewith. [G4-LA4] Organisational changes with significant effect on employment levels and personnel are discussed with the trade union representatives and, in some cases, an ad hoc agreement is stipulated, specifying the terms and conditions of the reorganisation. [G4-HR5], [G4-HR6] Collaboration with the workers’ representatives, together with the internal control systems and procedures, has meant that no violation or risk has been reported with regards to the application of the Group’s Social Responsibility policies protecting the essential rights of employment, such as the ban on forced labour or child labour1.
The first half of 2016 was characterised by numerous sessions of comparison of ideas and information with the trade union parties, regarding various company departments.
During these meetings, the Company and the Trade Union Representatives identified agreed solutions for the introduction of new work shifts for people working in the Fraud Operations area, which will contribute to manning the service more intensively and fulfilling the needs of the relevant customers.
Significant discussions with the trade union parties also regarded the company departments in charge of supervising the network platforms and services, as well as technical service, to establish hours of operation that were in line with the organisational changes and the desire to offer better services and quality to customers.
More specifically, for the Network department, agreements have been stipulated relating to the shifts of the newly-established “Single Front End”, which concentrated the activities up to that point assured by several territorial units, in just the two poles of Rome and Milan, with the entire baggage of competences having been recovered by means of a structured professional reconversion manoeuvre that guaranteed the re-use of all resources.
Moreover, both nationally and locally, specific agreements have been signed to allow the staff concerned to take a day’s paid leave as an alternative to the payment awarded under their contract for national holidays and patron saint days falling on a Sunday in 2016.
In June, the Company and Trade Union Organisations renewed, in signing a specific Protocol, the structure of the TIM Industrial Relations model, in order to further optimise the discussions in the area of information, consultation and negotiation, both on a national and local level.
In line with the relations model developed over time, aimed at seeking dialogue and a constructive comparison of ideas, the importance of the company office has been confirmed, as the perfect place within which to identify solutions able to accompany the organisational evolution processes, including through a greater involvement of local representatives.
The Unitary Trade Union Representatives, recently re-elected, are present in a capillary fashion throughout all regions of Italy; with the new Protocol, the basis is laid to further develop relations on a local level, seeking suitable opportunities for a decentralised discussion in order to better grasp and combine, in respect of the reciprocal roles, the specific needs and opportunities marking the various territorial contexts.
In full compliance with current legislation, the Company has completed the procedure with the union representatives involved for the merger by incorporation of Information Technology S.r.l. with TIM S.p.A., which was completed positively under an agreement between the Parties.
The merger is intended to maximise the organisational efficiency of the TIM Group by simplifying its structure and the related processes, with a resulting reduction of administrative costs and development of the traditional skills of IT resources.
In July, TIM and Federmanager RSA Dirigenti signed an agreement for the management of surplus executive staff, numbering 170, providing for them to leave the Company by 31 December 2018. The people involved are mainly those who have gained or will have gained entitlement to any form of retirement pension by the end of 2018, or pre- retirement based on the Fornero law.
The redundancy plan was required in order to reduce costs while achieving a generational change as part of the radical reorganisation and simplification process launched by the company. Within the framework outlined above, establishing the right quality and quantity of executive staff is essential and is a precondition for future internal managerial resource enhancement and development paths.
The parties agreed to launch a joint procedure, pursuant to law 223/1991, to ensure that all the executives involved receive definite and uniform remuneration.
Furthermore, for the period of the agreement, as a waiver to the Employment Contract, the Company has granted executives who have not reached retirement age, but who voluntarily sign up to the agreement, an incentive to leave that is commensurate with their seniority.
Furthermore, if in order to gain entitlement to the retirement pensions, workers have had to include the period of their degree course or join together different periods of pension contribution, and have lost money in the process, the company has contributed a maximum of 50,000 euros.
Where the executive involved in the plan has decided to start a business/freelance career, a supplement of 20,000 euros has been added to their severance pay.
With this agreement, the intention of TIM and Federmanager RSA has been to identify suitable measures to lessen the social impact of the necessary adjustment of the workforce.
The Company held several meetings with the 2 national federations (Fenattel and Fittel), which together represent 27 Italian trade unions, to negotiate the Collective Labour Agreement, specifically the social and economic aspects, including pay increases and benefits, and to negotiate the Profit Sharing Programme.
1 In terms of child labour, the policies allow for some, completely legal exceptions, such as, for example, training contracts for which incentives are provided by the Brazilian government.