Nord Ovest; Lombardia; Lecco
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27.4 - Manufacture of electric lighting equipment

280 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 July 2008
Employment effect (start)
30 September 2008
Foreseen end date


Elettro Radio Costruzioni (Erc), one of the European leaders in the ballasts production for lamps, is to close its plant at Calolziocorte, in the province of Lecco, with the loss of 280 jobs. The plant produces ballasts for the illumination sector for fluorescent lamps. According to the company, the closure is mainly due to the economic crisis of the sector and the increasing market competition by manufacturers located in Asian countries.

The trade unions reacted to the company’s decision by going on strike and organising mass meetings at the production unit.

On 28 July 2008, Erc and the main sectoral trade unions reached an agreement that envisages the recourse to the ‘extraordinary’ Wages Guarantee Fund - a ‘social shock absorber’ that intervenes in cases of restructuring, reorganisation, closure, change of activity or economic difficulties - for all the workers involved in the closure. The Wages Guarantee Fund scheme will last one year.

Elettro Radio Costruzioni (Erc) is one of the main European manufacturers of small transformers and electrical windings. Erc product range is composed of three divisions: lighting components; supply components for industrial automation; energy. It has two industrial sites in Italy and one in Argentina.


  • 23 July 2008: La Provincia di Lecco
  • 25 July 2008: L'Eco di Bergamo


Eurofound (2008), Erc, Closure in Italy, factsheet number 67022, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67022.