A group of 200 textile workers will return to work at Olcese SpA's manufacturing plant in Cogno on December 15 after their recent placement under a temporary lay-off scheme.

The scheme, called Cassa Integrazione Guadagni, allows Italian companies with financial difficulties to provide their workers with temporary lay-off status, allowing them to remain employees of the company but with a reduced salary paid by the Italian Government's Special Lay-off Benefits Fund.

After raising funds through a capital increase of EUR33.7 million, the textile manufacturing company is now able to pay salaries to the absent staff, making a return to work possible.