Nord Ovest; Lombardia; Bergamo
Location of affected unit(s)
Lallio (BG)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10 - Manufacture of food products

118 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 May 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 February 2007
Foreseen end date


The Agricultural Cooperative of Bergamo (Cooperativa agricola bergamasca, Coab) employs 118 workers and operates, as a contractor of the Amadori group, a poultry slaughterhouse located in Lallio (BG). The contract between Coab and the Amadori group will last until February 2007.

The Amadori group is one of the main companies in the production and commercialisation of white meat (chicken and turkey) in Europe. In Italy, it has 20 industrial plants - of which five feed mills, six hatcheries and six slaughterhouses - and over 30 subsidiaries. It employs around 5,500 workers.

On 12 May 2006, Amadori announced it would stop buying from the Lallio’s slaughterhouse. The company has taken this decision in response to the market crisis due to the 'avian flu' that, in the last months, has caused negative effects in the poultry sector.

The decision taken by the Amadori group directly affects employment at Coab. In fact, Coab applied to the government for recourse, until the end of May, to the 'ordinary' Wage Guarantee Fund - a 'social shock absorber' that intervenes in cases of a downturn of production due to temporary market’s difficulties. After this period, the company envisages the opening, at the beginning of June, of a mobility procedure (ie collective dismissals).

The trade unions reacted to the Coab’s decision by asking for an extension of the Wage Guarantee Fund until the end of June. This extension should allow the trade unions, Coab and the Amadori group to elaborate adequate initiatives for the outplacement and redeployment of redundant personnel.

On 23 November 2006, Coab announced the closure of the poultry slaughterhouse located in Lallio in February 2007, with the consequent 'mobility procedure' for all its 118 employees.

The trade unions and the company aim to reach an agreement on the recourse to measures such as 'mobility' with a view to early retirement, economic incentives for voluntary resignation or retirement for those who are already eligible in order to reduce the negative social impact of lay-offs.


  • 13 May 2006: L'Eco di Bergamo
  • 24 November 2006: L'Eco di Bergamo


Eurofound (2006), Cooperativa agricola bergamasca, Closure in Italy, factsheet number 63519, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63519.