Lamborghini has reached an agreement with unions to introduce a four-day work week for its production workers, labor unions and the company said.
Lamborghini is the first car manufacturer in Europe to introduce a four-day work week to its workforce employed in the production of components and cars. A growing number of automakers and manufacturing groups are rethinking the structure of the workweek for their employees, Reuters reports.
Lamborghini’s deal is part of a wider renegotiation, which also includes 500 new jobs, an increase in annual wages and further worker benefits.
Why is it considered a “historic” deal?
The unions FIOM and FIM-CISL said the agreement is “historic” as it is the first in the automotive industry in Europe to achieve a significant reduction in working hours without a reduction in wages.
They open up positions, give more money and benefits, and reduce working hours
The drive to reduce employee working days comes at a time when many companies and even public services are changing the way their employees work. Their aim is to improve the welfare of workers and secure the company’s savings after the COVID-19 pandemic and the often unbearable increase in costs, reports Reuters.
The advantages of the “experiment” in other countries show that “those who work less work better”
In similar four-day week schemes adopted in other European countries, such as Britain, it was found that workers worked more in less time, job retention and recruitment improved and sick leave was reduced.
“Work less and work better is the principle that guided this negotiation and is part of an overall reasoning,” said a statement by FIOM and FIM-CISL.
How many days without counting will be their annual employment
Production workers on a rotating two-shift schedule will alternate between a five-day week and a four-day week, cutting a total of 22 work days each year, the unions said.
Those on a three-shift rotation, which includes night shifts, will have a five-day week alternating with two four-day weeks, reducing their annual working days by 31.
The deal reached with Lamborghini is part of a wider renegotiation of the contract used for workers at the automaker, a subsidiary of Germany’s Volkswagen Group, which also includes 500 new jobs, an increase in annual wages and further work benefits.
In terms of pay, the deal includes a 50% increase in the current variable bonuses paid to employees as well as a one-off bonus of more than €1,000 to be paid this month.
It was announced yesterday that 70% of those who have the option to request to work four days a week have already submitted their request to the company. Also, an increasing trend of related requests was observed.
The example of Italy
In January 2023 Italy’s largest bank started the program to reduce working days to achieve the reduction of energy bills, it was the first such decision by a large Italian employer.
Last week, eyewear maker Essilorluxottica agreed with labor unions to trial a four-day work week model at its Italian factories for 20 weeks a year.
Other Italian groups, including aerospace and defense group Leonardo, are also in talks with unions to extend flexible working benefits at their manufacturing sites.