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Ilva Group workers - members of the trade unions Fim-Cisl, Fiom-Cgil and Uilm-Uil – approved by a... [more]

Ilva Group workers - members of the trade unions Fim-Cisl, Fiom-Cgil and Uilm-Uil – approved by a very large majority of 93% the agreement concluded on 6 September between the Ministry of Economic Development, trade unions and ArcelorMittal. In total, Fim-Cisl, Fiom-Cgil and Uilm-Uil representing some 14,000 workers of the Ilva group, organised 44 assemblies at all the Ilva sites. The agreement leads to a planned 4.2 billion euro of investments for the revival of the steel industry, including 1.25 billion euro for industrial purposes, 1.15 billion euro for the environment and 1.8 billion euro as part of the acquisition.

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The tomato industry has been accused of pushing migrants into ‘conditions of absolute exploitatio... [more]

The tomato industry has been accused of pushing migrants into ‘conditions of absolute exploitation’ (see also the July/August Newsletter). The agricultural sector is heavily reliant on migrant workers. According to official estimates, 161,000 foreign workers (16% of the total) are regularly employed in the agricultural sector in Southern Italy and at least as many are working without having been declared. Migrant worker, many of them irregularly employed, hand-pick tomatoes for high-tech processing plants, some of them in extremely exploitative conditions, for as little as 20 euro for 12 hours per day.

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An agreement over working conditions with Ryanair pilots has been approved. It is the first deal ... [more]

An agreement over working conditions with Ryanair pilots has been approved. It is the first deal the strike-hit low-cost airline has fully concluded. The agreement that was reached after eight months of talks, gives Italy-based pilots working for Ryanair ‘protection and guarantees’, according to the ANPAC trade union that negotiated the collective agreement. The deal was submitted for approval to 300 pilot members and accepted with a large majority of votes.

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Metalworkers trade union FIOM called on the government to clarify its position on the troubled IL... [more]

Metalworkers trade union FIOM called on the government to clarify its position on the troubled ILVA Taranto steel plant. For the union, it is unthinkable that there can be even one redundancy. ArcelorMittal received a green light for a takeover of ILVA, which is in the hands of government-appointed administrators after being at the centre of environmental scandal linked to high cancer rates in the Taranto area. The labour and industry minister recently said that a revised plan by ArcelorMittal to take over the company was still not good enough in terms of guarantees for the environment and jobs. He said that scrapping the ILVA tender won by ArcelorMittal was still on the cards. In July 2018, Arcelor said it would support a ‘suitable solution’ on saving most of the 14,000 plant jobs.

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African migrant harvest workers went to strike to protest at poor working conditions. The strike ... [more]

African migrant harvest workers went to strike to protest at poor working conditions. The strike follows an incident in which 12 non-EU migrant farmworkers died in road crashes. The USB trade union federation called for the strike. According to the local press most of the workers are subject to what is known as a ‘caporalato’ system of organised, undeclared work. They often earn little more than 1 euro per hour, while the standard wage is six times higher.

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Temporary workers of staffing firm Gi Group staged a protest in front of the Lucca office. The wo... [more]

Temporary workers of staffing firm Gi Group staged a protest in front of the Lucca office. The workers have been waiting for a year to receive back-pay owed to them. The workers were sent by Gi Group to work at Texsus, a multilayer solutions firm for the Hygienic, Medical, and Industrial market. Trade unions found differences in pay for the temporary workers at Texsus and the other employees of the user undertaking. In some cases, the difference was up to a hundred euro less per month. Gi Group recognised the problem in pay and asked for an official calculation of the amount owed to the temporary workers. However, Gi Group refused immediate pay and talks between Gi Group and the unions have stalled since.

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The management of the German-owned GEA plant has agreed to attend talks with trade unions and loc... [more]

The management of the German-owned GEA plant has agreed to attend talks with trade unions and local government officials over plans by the company to sell its oil and gas refrigeration division in Castel Maggiore. Workers at the plant, who are members of trade union FIOM-CGIL, went on strike in protest at the proposed sale on 10 July. The union wants to safeguard jobs and production at GEA’s sizeable plant outside the northern city of Bologna. New talks have to lead to written joint terms of reference on how the sale will take place and how employment can be maintained.

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A research paper analyses the most important features of the country’s collective bargaining syst... [more]

A research paper analyses the most important features of the country’s collective bargaining system, together with its historical developments. The paper examines the legal framework, the structure of the system and the transnational dimension of collective bargaining. According to the author, the increasing integration of markets and rapidly evolving entrepreneurial needs have led to ever greater flexibilisation of national labour regulations, bringing about major changes in the collective bargaining systems in Europe.

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Air traffic controllers went on a four-hour strike on 8 June while negotiations on a renewal of t... [more]

Air traffic controllers went on a four-hour strike on 8 June while negotiations on a renewal of their collective labour agreement, which expired on 31 December 2016, remain deadlocked. The air traffic controllers stopped their work amidst the busiest time of the week. Many flights were cancelled due to the strike. Airline Alitalia has been most affected by the strike with more than 100 cancellations. A new 24-hour strike has been announced on the 5 July, from midnight-midnight.

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Ryanair has signed the first non-pilot agreement after the company decided earlier to recognise t... [more]

Ryanair has signed the first non-pilot agreement after the company decided earlier to recognise trade unions for the first time in the company’s 32-year-old history. The agreement allows cabin crew to negotiate on issues such as pay. The agreement with the unions is paving the way for the Irish LCC to represent its directly employed cabin crew.

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