“Group companies recognise the central importance of human resources in the believe that the key to the success of any business is the professional contribution of the people that work for it, in a climate of fairness and mutual trust. Group companies shall safeguard health and safety in the workplace and consider respect for worker’s rights as fundamental to the business. Working relationships are managed with a view to guaranteeing equal opportunities and promoting the personal development of each employee” (excerpt from Article 6 of the Ethical Code - Human Resources).
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The trend in the Group’s workforce over the last year has been characterised by substantial stability at the Group level (+167 employees), while employment levels at the individual businesses changed at different rates. At Pirelli Tyre hiring increased at the new investment centres in China and Romania, with an increase in blue-collar employment in Brazil following change in the work patterns at the Santo André and Gravatai factories and higher production volumes and insourcing of resources from certain supplier firms (particularly in logistics). Other growth took place at Pirelli Eco Technology to start up the new particulate filter plant in Romania. At Pirelli Real Estate, acquisition of the German company Baubecom was completed in 2008, while the facility management business was sold and restructuring of the other Real Estate Group companies began.
In regard to the annual movements of incoming and outgoing personnel, seasonal work should be taken into account. This is a typical phenomenon in the tyre sector that involves using temporary workers to stand in for permanent workers (a total of about 700 persons in Germany and Turkey) to maintain constant production volumes during the summer months.
The Group does not employ anyone under the age of 14.
The Tyre Sector employs 95 young workers between 16 and 18 years of age (52 in Brazil, 35 in Venezuela and 8 in Germany), and 14 young workers between the ages of 14 and 16 on an exceptional basis (12 in Brazil and 2 in Germany), as part of training and induction schemes in compliance with local laws.