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The European Commission wants to support 801 redundant workers in Sardinia




190 former employees of the container storage facilities in the port of Cagliari are concerned by the financial support of the EGF (photo: Sardinian Sea Port System Authority)
190 former employees of the container storage facilities in the port of Cagliari are concerned by the financial support of the EGF (photo: Sardinian Sea Port System Authority)
ITALY. The European Commission proposed on Thursday 28 October 2021 to support 801 redundant workers in Sardinia. 611 of them worked at Air Italy and 190 at Porto Canale (container terminal) in Cagliari and lost their jobs due to restructuring and globalisation.

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is planning to provide €5.4 million to help these Italian air transport and warehousing workers find new jobs. The EGF will finance part of their studies, additional training, or the creation of their own business. The total cost of these measures is estimated at €6.3m, with the region of Sardinia contributing the remaining 15%. 

Born in October 2017 with the takeover of Meridiana by Qatar Airways and Alisarda and based in Olbia in Sardinia, the airline Air Italy suffered a judicial liquidation in February 2020, leaving 1,200 employees on the sidelines.

Those at Porto Canale are also victims of the cessation of activities in the port of Cagliari, following the relocation of sea freight operations to sites offering land links with the rest of Italy and Europe.

The European Commission's proposal still needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.

Two closures

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a very strong impact on the Sardinian labour market. It lost 6,000 jobs in 2020 and saw its activity rate fall by 3.1 points compared to 2019 to 60.3%. Tourism and leisure services and maritime freight are the first to be affected.

"Sardinia's labour market is small because of its insularity and distance from the mainland," comments Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, who wants to "provide redundant workers with the additional active labour market measures they need to get back into work."

Since 2007, the EGF has been mobilised in 166 cases in 20 Member States for a total amount of some €652m. Nearly 160,000 employees and more than 4,000 young people not in employment, education or training have received financial support in their search for a new job.

Read also: The European Commission wants to support former Basque metal workers
 

Eric Apim


Tuesday, November 2nd 2021



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