Part time, holidays for nursery school, leave for children: the workers’ conquest in the Geodis agreement

Part time, holidays for nursery school, leave for children: the workers’ conquest in the Geodis agreement

An agreement to help working parents with childcare. In a context, that of warehouses, where supports of this kind are not at all widespread. Good news for around 700 Geodis workers, especially women, at the Bologna Interporto, where the transport acronyms of CGIL, CISL and UIL have signed an agreement with the company which «allows parents who do not have family members available in the management of the child – say the unions – not to give up their job in the first years after birth”.

According to the acronyms themselves, it is “one of the most advanced agreements in the sector at an Italian level”, which involves five warehouses where clothing products are prepared and shipped on behalf of Yoox. And which arrive, among other things, after there have been protests in those same warehouses in recent years over the organization of shifts. In a difficult context, because a year ago Geodis was placed under judicial administration by the Milan court after an investigation revealed a system of worker exploitation, also common to Brt, organized with a cooperative procurement system which in the in the meantime they have been ousted, so much so that now the 700 workers at the Interporto are direct employees of Geodis.

The agreement reached aims to make family management easier for workers with young children. For example, it provides for the obligation for the company to grant holidays to the worker, if he requests them during the period of inclusion in nursery and nursery school, as well as for the first day of primary and secondary school. Up to three months of unpaid leave are then envisaged in the first three years of the child’s life which the company is required to grant, always upon request, for example during periods when nursery schools are closed, as well as more sick days for the child between between three and eight years old.

There is then the possibility for the parent to choose a part-time contract up to the child’s five years of age, with the right to return full-time after that period, or the possibility of asking to be assigned to the central work shift in the first three years of the child’s life (between 8-8.30am and 4.30-5pm), although the company is normally organized into two shifts (6am-2pm and 2pm-10pm).

There is then particular attention for single parents, who are granted the right to part-time or central shifts until their child turns 14. «A great result – underline CGIL, CISL and UIL – which in a site like that of the Bologna Interport, where the majority of workers are women, is made further necessary and useful also in order to accompany female emancipation which passes from ‘economic independence’.

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