Social cooperation, increase of 120 euros for 400 thousand workers. The 14th arrives

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Bargaining in 2024 opens with the renewal of the national collective labor agreement for the 400,000 Social Cooperation workers. The trade unions (Fp Cgil, Cisl Fp, Fisascat, Uil Fpl and Uiltucs) and the cooperative centers (Federsolidarietà Confcooperative, Legacoop sociali and Agci social enterprises) have in fact reached an agreement on the hypothesis of an agreement to be submitted to the consultation of workers and bodies of employers’ organizations. Subsequently, when the green light arrives, we will proceed with the definitive signature.

The economic increase

According to the agreement reached, for the economic part an increase has been defined, starting from February, of 120 euros per month at level C1, to be adjusted for the other contractual levels. Furthermore, from January 2025 the introduction of the fourteenth month’s salary at 50% and the increase in the amount for supplementary healthcare which reaches 120 euros per year is expected. To valorise members and workers who represent over 65% of employed people, the economic integration of maternity is extended to 100%.

Contracts and classifications

On procurement and the definition of a possible gradual approach that is more in line with company realities and the lack of recognition of contractual increases, the parties have decided to establish a new observatory. As regards social cooperation for job placement, in addition to a more cogent definition of its fields of application, new professional profiles are inserted in order to make the contractual provisions increasingly in line with the actual activities carried out by the members. Finally, the parties also decided to adjust the service amounts on the topic of dressing time and so-called passive nights. «We have made a great effort – explain Stefano Granata, Eleonora Vanni and Emanuele Monaci, respectively of Federsolidarietà Confcooperative, Legacoop sociali and Agci social enterprises – to enhance social cooperation, starting from a fair economic recognition of workers».

Leading contract in welfare services

Maurizio Gardini, president of Confcooperative, underlines that «this is the leading contract in terms of number of employees who provide welfare services to 6 million Italians at 360°, from minors to the elderly to the disabled. It is an important effort on the part of companies also taking into account that the basis of trust from the public administration is too low compared to the quality and particularity of the services offered”. Services where there is “the highest percentage of mismatch between supply and demand in the labor market, especially for figures such as nurses, social workers and healthcare workers”.

It is essential that the public recognizes adequate tariffs

The president of Legacoop, Simone Gamberini speaks of an important result. It is, says Gamberini, “a testimony to the commitment of cooperative associations to enhance cooperation in the sector, which plays a decisive role in the social, welfare and health welfare of our country”. For Gamberini, on public procurement it is now “essential that adequate tariffs are recognized and a rule introduced that provides for the review of prices of existing procurement contracts”. It cannot be imagined, concludes the president of Legacoop, «leaving the cost of contract renewals solely on the shoulders of the companies: if this were the case, the sustainability of the new employment contract, of the cooperatives’ activity and, therefore, of the income of members and workers. This is why we ask the Government and the State-Regions Conference to quickly convene a meeting to address these problems.”

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