EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Italy
Region: Sicilia; Isole
Location of affected unit(s): Siracusa, other locations


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 30-04-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 264
Planned Job Reductions max: 264
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-09-2019
Direct Dismissals: 264

Additional Information

The retail company Sma, owner of the supermarket chain Simply, announced the start of a collective dismissal procedure for 264 workers employed in its stores in Sicily. The dismissals will take place in the next 4 months.

According to the company, the decision is due to the contraction of consumption levels in the region and the consequent revenues reduction. Since these factors are structural, Sma argued it is not in the position to set in place alternative solutions to the collective dismissal of redundant workers.

Trade unions argue that the company is seeking to reduce the workforce because it is being acquired and a small workforce would be attractive for the buyer. The unions started mobilising against the company's decision and asked for negotiations.