The Italian association of footwear manufacturers, Assocalzaturifici, and the unions Femca-Cisl, Filctem-Cgil and Uiltec-Uil signed a new labor contract, replacing the one that expired on Dec. 31, 2019.

The new contract, which concerns about 80,000 workers and nearly 5,800 companies, will start retroactively from Jan. 1, 2020, and covers 48 months to Dec. 31, 2023. It guarantees a €70 increase in monthly wages, spread over three tranches. The first increase of €25 will be introduced on Dec. 1, 2021, a second increase of €25 will kick in on Sept.1, 2022, and the final increase of €20 will be effective July 1, 2023.

Siro Badon, the chairman of Assocalzaturifici, expressed satisfaction for the outcome of the talks. “We are certain that this is another sign of the restart of one of the industries most hit” by the Covid-19 pandemic. He added that the new contract will help relaunch the competitiveness of Italian shoemakers.