Genoa - There’s a state of agitation, with overtime pay blocked, and if the Costa Concordia arrives there will be a spectacular strike under its wreck. The crisis in Genoa’s naval repair sector, which saw record low numbers of ships in its basin in 2013 (53 ships), is in danger of imploding on the most important job of all because of a dispute over productivity bonuses. The companies want to change the bonus, linking it to each individual company’s performance, while the unions say that it must remain based on the current criteria, that of solidarity and correspond to the number of ships handled by the entire area. There has already been an attempt to find common ground at Confindustria Genoa.
The companies have brought forward a compromise counterproposal, which calls for part of the bonus to be linked to the number of ships, up to 40, while the rest would vary according to each individual company’s performance. But the workers’ assembly rejected this counterproposal too. “This work stoppage is very surprising,” said Confindustria Genoa Naval Repair Sector President Bruno Guglielmini. “The idea behind the proposal is that the bonus would complement the performance of individual companies, making it a true participation in profits. And it would be short-sighted on the part of the union to do anything that could endanger the Concordia job. I hope that won’t be the case.”