San Raffaele, a major private hospital and research centre in Milan, is to cut 244 jobs (out of around 4,000).
The restructuring plan has been announced by the new owner Rotelli (San Donato group) who acquired San Raffaele centre in May 2012. According to the management, the job cuts are necessary in order to deal with the severe financial situation of the San Raffaele and the many millions of deficit. The redundancy scheme, which according to the original plan should have included 450 workers instead of 244, is going to affect the group's administrative department.
The trade unions and the workers reacted to the company’s decision and have organized several peaceful protest actions. San Raffaele Hospital was the first private hospital established in Italy in 1971 and a year later it was granted the status of “Research Hospital”.
UPDATE 23/1/13: After some negotiations, San Raffaele hospital and the trade unions reached an agreement on the reorganisation plan. The agreement proposes the transition from the collective agreement for public health services to the collective agreement for the private sector, with a consequent 9% average cut on salaries, instead of the 244 job cuts previously announced by the company. In the following days, the workers will decide by referendum whether to accept or reject the new proposal.
UPDATE 29/1/13: The majority of workers employed at San Raffaele hospital rejected the proposal a reduction in salaries instead of job-cuts. Consequently, the company has announced the launch of collective dismissals procedures for 244 workers by the end of February.
UPDATE 10/5/13: After the negotiation between the company, the trade unions and the Lombardy Region, on 10 May the social partners reached an agreement that envisages the withdrawal of the previously announced 244 job-cuts. The agreement provides a new scheme of salaries’ cuts for workforce; moreover the company could not start new collective dismissals’ procedures up to the end of 2014. In the 2015 the company and the trade unions will meet in order to analyse the financial and economic situation of the hospital. In the following days, the workers could again decide by referendum whether to accept or reject the new proposal.