Intesa Sanpaolo studies the short week: at work 4 days for 9 hours

As part of the negotiations for the renewal of smart working contracts, the banking group led by Carlo Messina discussed with the unions on the possibility of having some of its employees work an extra hour a day in exchange for one less day in office and the same salary. The proposal will be formalized on Wednesday but many acronyms say they are ready to reject it because it involves only a part of the staff

Intesa Sanpaolo studies the so-called “short week”. The idea of ​​the bank led by CEO Carlo Messina would in fact be to make employees work an extra hour a day in exchange for one day less in the office and the same salary. A regime that is theoretically already foreseen by the bank contract but which, in order to be translated into practice, needs to be endorsed by the trade unions in the second level bargaining. As part of the discussions for the review of the smart working agreements entered into with Fabi, Fisac ​​Cgil, First Cisl, Uilca and Unisin, the institute has already advanced its proposal, which will be formalized on Wednesday, yet many agreements are said to be ready to reject it. due to various critical issues.

The idea

The project emerged on the day the Turin Industrial Union assembly was held, focusing on the economic trend. The proposal put forward by Intesa is to grant employees the possibility, at their request, to work for four days instead of five, with an increase in the daily hours from 7.5 to 9. A solution that would allow each worker to equal salary, to have one more day off to choose in agreement with one’s manager, for a total weekly service of 36 hours compared to the traditional 37.5. From the documents presented, however, it emerges that the new formula will be discussed within the individual structures of the group, it will not necessarily be adopted by all the offices, it will depend on the organizational needs in the single office and will exclude regardless of both branch and shift personnel. Aspects on which the unions promise battle by claiming the right of all 74,000 employees to access the new regime.

The criticisms

To raise controversy among the acronyms was above all the Italian Autonomous Banking Federation, in the person of the secretary general Lando Maria Sileoni. “Intesa Sanpaolo has not studied anything at all: because both the use of the short week and the smart working regulated in the company headquarters are foreseen by the national employment contract. Therefore, Intesa is applying a standard of the national contract that has already been defined for some time” , Sileoni said. Who added: “The guiding principle in the bank’s scheme is flexibility not agreed with the union but there are negotiations underway and we reject this concept because we ask for voluntary access for all staff.” “If the agreement it will be done, it will have to be borne in mind that there can be no total discretion in granting it and there can not even be just a theme of energy cost savings that the company is transferred to the worker when you work only four days a week instead of five “, concluded Sileoni.