Most Telecom Italia employees work from home until the end of the year – document

The Telecom Italia logo can be seen at its offices in the Rozzano district of Milan, Italy on May 25, 2016. REUTERS / Stefano Rellandini / File Photo

MILAN, Sept.27 (Reuters) – Telecom Italia (TIM) (TLIT.MI) will keep some of its offices closed as nearly 60% of employees at Italy’s largest telephone company plan to continue working from home until as of Dec. 31, according to a union document shown.

Businesses and governments around the world are figuring out how to handle the return of staff to offices after the coronavirus outbreak forced them to revamp work models and allow most employees to work remotely.

Italy has made its COVID-19 “Green Pass” – a certificate showing that a person has received at least one dose of vaccine, tested negative or recently recovered from the virus – mandatory to enter workplaces from next month .

As the government pushes public sector workers to return to their Green Pass-armed offices from October 15, private sector companies have until the end of the year to adjust their remote work policies.

TIM, which has asked its staff about the matter, told unions about 24,700 workers will continue to work from home until the end of the year, according to the union document viewed by Reuters.

The former telephone monopoly had around 43,000 employees in Italy as of June 30.

“Based on these figures, TIM decided not to immediately reopen all of its sites across Italy,” the unions said in the document, citing a meeting with TIM representatives on September 21.

TIM declined to comment.

Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Editing by David CLarke

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