Last Tuesday, Lamborghini announced an agreement with its unions to implement a four-day work week for its workers dedicated to production of cars.
Unions described the agreement as “historic”, according to Reuters. This is the first agreement of its kind in the European automotive industry reduce working hours without cutting pay. In fact, the agreement includes a salary increase and an additional bonus of about 1,000 euros that employees will receive in the coming weeks.
Overall, the introduction of the new 4-day work week system means that production workers will work up to 31 fewer days per year, according to Road and Track.
Lamborghini It is not the only European company to adopt a shorter working week; other entities, such as banks Intesa Sanpaolo and the glass company EssilorLuxotticaalso made the change recently, as explained Reuters.
Companies in the United Kingdom that made the switch reported higher labor productivity, better job retention and hiring rates, and fewer sick days, it also reported. Reuters.
Other unions in the automotive industry did not get companies such as Ford, General Motors or Stellantis to approve reduced working hours, according to The Road.
“Reduced work and work better, this is the principle on which this negotiation changes and which is part of a comprehensive reasoning,” announced the unions. FIOM y FIM-CISL In a statement, he said Road and Track.
It has been a year of historic events for the automobile industry.
At the end of October, the protest of the United Auto Workers, the largest auto union in the United States, ended the strikes and reached tentative agreements with the three major Detroit automakers.. The agreements include a 25% raise for workers, adjustments for cost of living increases and other benefits and bonuses to receive fairer wages.