Coronavirus: Tortellini specialist Giovanni Rana gives employees a 25% pay rise
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As the world comes to a halt amid the biggest health and economic challenge probably since WWII, several companies operating in the food business are required to go to the extra mile to provide essential services and products and make sure stock doesn't run out. This means more business, more effort and, considering the situation, more care to make sure supermarkets and grocery stores are well-stocked while also ensuring employees' safety.
Pastificio Rana is an Italian food company that specializes in ready made pasta, especially world famous 𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪 and 𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘪. It was founded in 1961 by Giovanni Rana, who is also the current chairman of the company, when Rana began making home-made 𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪 in a small lab near Verona, Italy. Over the last 50 years, he turned a local business into a multi-million dollar global operation and now the company has decided to reward its employees with a pay rise to thank them for the extra effort required to face demand during the current Covid-19, also known as Coronavirus, pandemic.
The company has been running all operations remotely for the last three weeks except for production. All necessary precautions have been taken and the factories are actually partly automated and large in terms of size, which means that keeping a safe distance isn't an issue, and we know how important that is. At the time of writing, 700 employees are working in five different factories in Italy to make sure supermarkets are well-stocked.
Employees have been granted a 25 % pay rise for each day at work during the crisis, a baby-sitting voucher and a tailor made health insurance plan to cover for potential Covid-related expenses. The pay rise is actually retroactive, which means that employees will receive it starting from March 9, when the lockdown was announced in Italy. Rana also gave employees a €440 voucher each to cover for baby-sitting expenses, where needed.
The circumstances in which food companies operate are monitored and under close and constant scrutiny but just to make sure all bases are covered, the company has also created a special health insurance plan to cover for all Covid-related expenses should any of the employees, including remote workers, need it.