Milan seeks workers for snow clearance

AMSA to pay for day or night work

As the temperature plummets city environmental authority AMSA is recruiting people again this year to turn out and help clear pavements and other pedestrian areas as soon as the first heavy snow hits the city.

Residents can register on the AMSA website to leave their name and mobile phone number. They will also need to declare they suffer no health problems, with particular reference to spine or heart, using the declaration on the sign-up form.

Whenever snow threatens to block the streets, a message will invite volunteers to turn up at the meeting point, asking for confirmation that they are available at that place and time. In general, one in seven volunteers responds to the “call to arms”, said AMSA.

AMSA provides transport from the meeting point to the place of work, and all the necessary tools. The pay for an eight-hour shift varies from €81.80 for a daytime shift on working days to €123.24 for a night shift on weekends or holidays.

AMSA says the majority of last year’s volunteers were Italian, bucking the trend of earlier years which had seen a stronger proportion of immigrants. And a majority was under 29 years old. About 10 per cent of those registering were women.