EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Acerbi Viberti

Company/Organisation:
Acerbi Viberti

Geographic Location

Country: Italy
Region: Alessandria; Piemonte; Nord Ovest
Location of affected unit(s): Castelnuovo Scrivia (AL), Nichelino (TO)

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.2 - Manufacture of bodies (coachwork) for motor vehicles; manufacture of trailers and semi-trailers
Number Employed: 628

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 07-11-2005
Planned Job Reductions min: 120
Planned Job Reductions max: 120
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 30-05-2006
Direct Dismissals: 120

Additional Information

In October 2005, the Acerbi-Viberti company, one of the biggest European producer of trailers, semitrailers, tippers, aluminium vehicles and tankers, announced a reorganisation plan that provided the direct dismissals of 120 workers. In particular, the decision affected 89 employees who work in the plant located in Nichelino (province of Turin) and 31 workers who are employed in Castelnuovo Scrivia (province of Alessandria), the bigger and more technologically advanced Acerbi-Viberti’s plant (450 employees work in this plant). The company has taken this decision in response to the crisis of industrial vehicles’ market. The company has also decided to transfer the lower tech production to Croatia. After almost five months of negotiations, on 4 April 2006 the company and the trade unions reached an agreement that provides the shedding of 27 jobs at the plant located in Castelnuovo Scrivia and 79 job losses at Nichelino plant. In the latter plant, the workers involved in the reorganisation plan will be placed on the 'extraordinary' Wage Guarantee Fund (Cassa integrazione guadagni straordinaria), a 'social shock absorber' that intervenes in cases of restructuring, reorganisation, change of activity or a company’s economic difficulties of particular social importance as regards employment. For the employees who work in the Acerbi-Viberti plant, located in Nichelino, the agreement provides recourse to the 'ordinary' Wage Guarantee Fund. Furthermore, the agreement provides for a new company’s investment plan in research, development, plants and extraordinary repairs, that cost EUR 1.4 million, and an investment of EUR 110,000 in training and retraining courses.