A few hours after the end of the blockade, the first layoffs start. Assolombarda: “There is a desire to hire”

Ready go. Once the blockade is lifted, the real redundancies start. The first announcements arrived just a few hours after the removal of the constraint, decided by the government by almost fully welcoming (a small exception in the textile-fashion sector) Confindustria requests. Having brought home the result, the association of industrialists had said that it would invite its associates to use the cig rather than resorting to cuts. This morning the president of Assolombarda (the regional association of Confindustria) went further: “From the observatory we have there are no hints of dismissal policies that will start today. I have often met companies and entrepreneurs: the climate I encountered is all about growth, with desire to hire e not on layoffs “

More or less at the same time that Spada was speaking, in the nearby Veneto region, Abb announced the closure of the factory in Marostica, in the province of Vicenza, 100 workers between employees and induced are on foot. Not that it is a bolt from the blue, the crisis had been crawling for some time but the “pause” imposed by the blockade had given the workers a shot in the arm and time for negotiations. Some possible buyers had also sprung up but the Swiss multinational did not want to take into consideration. In Lombardy they are also ready the cuts of the multinational French drug Sanofi that he will leave at home 45 people. Redundancies are in sight at the Eurovalve of Opera and at the Bio-Rad of Segrate, both in the province of Milan. Coincidences? Alerts? False alarms? Difficult to say now, it is certain that Fabio Pennati, general secretary of Uiltec Milan and Lombardy, believes that already in this very early phase up to a thousand places are at risk in the Lombard capital. Not to mention the individual layoffs, on which it is more difficult to make estimates.

The calculations on the possible impact of the end of the blockade at the national level are uncertain and inevitably inaccurate. Today, Istat has certified that the employed are still 700 thousand less than pre-pandemic levels. This means that, despite the blockade, the crisis has already partly spread to employment, mainly to the detriment of fixed-term contracts and collaborators. Nobody knows for sure what will happen. The trade unions, who also recall how 74% of public funding against the pandemic went to companies in the last year, speak of the risk of a social tsunami with hundreds of thousands of places at risk already in this first phase. Entrepreneurs think completely different. Even if the truth were in the middle, the problems would not be lacking.

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