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Opera Cagliari | “Too many absenteeism, not very transparent hiring, social decline”: unions and workers against the foreman

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Criticism of Nicola Colabianca, who was appointed Mayor of Truzzu two and a half years ago, in particular with regard to the recruitment system. But also about his visit to the theatre, because he retained his chair at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. He denies these problems.

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There is excitement in Opera House of Cagliarinot for intense artistic activity, but for the discontent that snakes between employees as well as labor unions for subscription collapse this is control convicted not very transparentpatronizing and ineffective superintendent Nikola colabiancaappointed about two and a half years ago by a steering committee chaired by the Mayor of Cagliari. Paolo Truzzuexponent Brothers and sisters Italy. Colabianca’s investiture was already under fire at the time because she faced a more solid curriculum than other candidates in her selection to lead Lirico. From his Colabianca, he had more administrative and managerial experience as an adviser to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and then as an artistic consultant to the then extraordinary commissioner of the theater, the mayor of Rome. Gianni Alemanno, but – this is an accusation – “he never directed the theater.” One of the members of the steering committee, Pino Calledda (appointed to represent Mybact), abstained from voting for Colabianca’s appointment due to “lack of the technical and normative skills that a superintendent must himself possess in order to direct, organize and manage an opera and symphony theatre,” Calledda explains. From his Colabianca, he undoubtedly has the support of the mayor of Truzzu: “One can only be satisfied with his work, starting with the reorganization of the theater accounts,” the mayor locks him up. “The balance, however,” Kalledda continues, “is healthy thanks to the work of the previous superintendent. Claudio Orazi. Thanks to this management, in the last budget approved by the CdI, more than eight million a year from the Sardinia region received another three million 600 thousand euros, which made it possible to close the budget for 2021 with an economic result of more than three million euros.” .

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Not everyone thinks like the mayor. Provincial secretariats and RSU secretariats, for example, indicate lack of transparency and lack of comparison direct recruitment. “All ‘marketing office – the theater employee condemns, – until recently there was the granddaughter of the chief of staff, who boasted of an internship in market technology in her grandfather’s optics store. Recruited by direct call and without any expression of interest, contrary to all the principles of transparency and accessibility of public administration.” An office manager who, “while working smart,” the theater employee continues, “worked an incredible number of hours, even 15 a day, in violation of the laws that govern this establishment.” “He is a graduate who had a temporary position as an advertising officer,” Colabianchi replies, who therefore does not deny the relationship between the office manager and the chosen one. “And we never paid overtime,” says the superintendent. From various testimonies and documents in the possession of fatto.it but it turns out the opposite, dozens and dozens of overtime hours are paid to different employees.

The recruitment system has been criticized on several occasions by trade unions for being often non-existent. manifestation of public interest important to ensure transparency in a company that has in public funding its raison d’être, given that, as also highlighted in the foundation’s latest advisory budget, almost all revenues are related to public money: more than 24 million euros out of about 25 in total in 2021 came from the state. “The same appointment of an administrative director about two years ago,” notes a theater employee, “caused some dissatisfaction, given the friendship that binds him to the mayor of Cagliari.” “There has never been a lack of transparency,” Colabianchi continues, “and we have always represented manifestations of the public interest in hiring. The administrative director participated in the selection and it turned out the most qualified among the candidates. But – even apart from the cases mentioned – there are other positions that do not seem to meet the minimum criteria for transparency: news confirmed fatto.it union notes, some employees, as well as the closest associate of the boss.

For the unions, one of the results of this management is the inclusion of season tickets in the campaign. “Today we have,” Usb continues, “about 3k total subscriptions”respect for 10000 before the pandemic. “The figure for 2021 more or less corresponds to the figure for 2020, when, however, there was a mandatory cessation of activities due to quarantine,” the trade union emphasizes. However, for the superintendent, “the decline in subscriptions is physiological due to the fear of Covid.” Adviser Calledda admits that “the pandemic has certainly had a negative impact in the past, but now other Italian opera houses are overcrowded. On the other hand, the last performances in Cagliari had several hundred spectators compared to the 1500 seats available. In the previous administration of the old caretaker, there were 130,000 spectators in 2019, and only 18,000 in 2021. With these numbers, you’re not going anywhere.”

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Unions are also pointing the finger at one bad planning without “any increase in production compared to 2019”, with negative consequences for the attribution of the state contribution. Usb points out that “the projected budget for 2022 (like the previous one) does not include investment in substantive activities in the territories and international travel.” “The statutory mission,” Usb continues, “is provided for the purpose of receiving an annual contribution from the Ras,” regional funding. We are talking about millions of euros per year for both types of grants. But in this respect, too, for Colabianca, “planning is in line with that of other years, and the Ras fund is provided regardless of the activities carried out.”

The difficult moment of the Teatro di Cagliari would require constant activity on the field of the superintendent. But Colabianchi doesn’t seem to be very present, as “he is also the owner of teacher’s table at the conservatory Santa Cecilia Romana role that continues to play even now, with an average presence in Cagliari of only two days a week,” says the theater employee. “In these cases,” emphasizes the expert consulted Made – it would be advisable to take a leave of absence to be able to be a superintendent, which is the main role of the opera house, paid in this particular case at the rate of 130,000 euros gross per year. “I am in Cagliari five days a week. I teach in Rome on Mondays and supplement the schedule with online classes on Saturdays,” the superintendent replies.

Source: II Fatto Quotidiano

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