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Amazon drivers in the Lombardy region are organising industrial action to protest working conditi... [more]

Amazon drivers in the Lombardy region are organising industrial action to protest working conditions. Especially the high work load is a problem for the drivers. The company has seen an increase in market share but the number of workers has not increased accordingly. The drivers say that they now receive twice as much work as a driver would normally handle. Transportation unions Filt Cgil-Fit Cisi-Uil asked Amazon for "a responsible intervention” as workers said many of last years’ new hires were sent home after Christmas. Drivers plan to stop deliveries in Lombardy and demonstrate under the office building of the company headquarters in Milan.

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Trade unions representing employers of the capitol’s waste collection company, have threatened a ... [more]

Trade unions representing employers of the capitol’s waste collection company, have threatened a strike if the mayor does not provide assurances regarding the future of the municipal company. Tensions began when the responsible environment councillor left the council because she was the only council member that supported the 2017 balance sheet of the city’s waste collection company. Trade unions are worried about the future of the waste collection company and want employment guarantees for the approximately 8000 workers.

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Hundreds of thousands of people came to Rome on 9 February 2019 to participate in a rally organiz... [more]

Hundreds of thousands of people came to Rome on 9 February 2019 to participate in a rally organized by trade union federations CGIL, CISL and UIL. Under the banner “A future for work” they protested against austerity policies which, according to the trade union federations, have led to deep inequality, increased poverty, and growth of unemployment, in particular among youth and women. According to the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat), the unemployment rate in the country reached a record high of 10.6 % in 2018. This is the third highest unemployment rate in Europe, just after Greece and Spain. Youth unemployment is even more severe with 16.7% of young people without work in 2017.

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It has proven very difficult to tackle the problem of the exploitation of migrant workers in the ... [more]

It has proven very difficult to tackle the problem of the exploitation of migrant workers in the country’s agricultural sector. After multiple strike action by migrant workers who were protesting harsh working conditions and underpayment in September 2011 the country passed a law that introduced "unlawful mediation and labour exploitation" as an offense carrying up to eight years in prison. Up until then, people who exploited migrant workers didn't risk much more than a 50 euro fine. In 2016, the law was extended to employers in a bid to drive down the demand for intermediation. But despite the new laws the problem has persisted due to the workers' extreme vulnerability and their exposure to blackmail, if they're undocumented or their residence permit is directly dependent on their employer. A young Cameroonian migrant has come forward with a whole new approach to tackle the problem, he hopes that consumers’ choices in time will put an end to exploitation of migrant workers. With the introduction of an ethical label for products like tomato sauce consumers will be able to identify ethically-sourced products.

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Workers and their trade union organised a sit in action in Calabria in the square in front of the... [more]

Workers and their trade union organised a sit in action in Calabria in the square in front of the offices of Abraham Customer Care call centre. The workers are angry that their 400 fixed-term contracts will not be renewed. The company defends the decision to not renew the contracts with the rules laid down by the Dignity Decree according to which workers after a period of 24 months on fixed-term contracts must be offered a permanent position.

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Air traffic controllers and their trade unions UNICA, UGL-TA, and Assivolo Quadri went out a four... [more]

Air traffic controllers and their trade unions UNICA, UGL-TA, and Assivolo Quadri went out a four-hour strike on 11 January 2019 to protest the non-renewal of labour contracts and to express their discontent with the air navigation service provider’s (ENUV) new business plan. ENUV’s new business plan calls for a transition to a new high-tech model of remote air traffic control that will require personnel to move to other cities and learn new technologies. According to the unions the new business plan will result in job losses and will have a negative impact on remaining staff. Unions state that they cannot stand behind the ENUV’s plans that demand social sacrifices from their workers, while at the same time the company is paying astronomical dividends to shareholders. Due to the strike actions, that affected Brindisi, Catania, Genoa, Milan, Perugia, Pescara, Rome and Turin airports, hundreds of flights were cancelled.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is getting ready to restructure the Mirafiori plant in Turin, at ... [more]

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is getting ready to restructure the Mirafiori plant in Turin, at the temporary expense of approximately 3,245 blue- and white-collar workers. More than half of their current staff will temporary lose their jobs during the restructuring of the plant. During restructuring that will last until 31 December 2019, the workers will receive reduced salaries, coming from a program funded by FCA and the government.

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The country ranks among the weakest of OECD countries on all three indicators of job quantity, re... [more]

The country ranks among the weakest of OECD countries on all three indicators of job quantity, reflecting persistently low employment rates, especially among women concludes the new OECD jobs strategy. The gradual economic recovery after the long crisis has lifted employment rates, but they nonetheless remain well below the OECD average. Italy performs better on earnings quality, with earnings adjusted for inequality above the OECD average. Labour market insecurity is high due to a high risk of unemployment and low unemployment benefits. Labour market inclusiveness in the country is weak. Following the long recession, relative poverty has increased: 15% of working-age people live in poor households, well above the OECD average.

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Collective bargaining coverage is increasingly under pressure. It is challenged by several phenom... [more]

Collective bargaining coverage is increasingly under pressure. It is challenged by several phenomena, including restructurings of (global) value chains, outsourcing practices, workplaces fragmentation and diffusion of non-standard forms of employment. The RECOVER project aims to analyse collective bargaining coverage in outsourced services with a view to identify coverage problems, gaps, conflicts – across different groups of workers. In Italy the researchers focused on two different outsourced activities, with high and low-qualified occupations, specifically: 1) cleaning services and 2) ICT services. In addition, a case study was conducted on a facility management company, operating in the national territory.

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The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its Italian affiliate, Federazione Nazionale ... [more]

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its Italian affiliate, Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana (FNSI), in organising a protest action on 13 November to speak out against systematic attacks against the press, as expressed by governmental representatives. FNSI called the attacks organised actions to discredit professional journalists and aimed at disorienting public opinion. A ‘flash mob’ will be held simultaneously in the different squares of the regional capitals on 13th November. The country’s communications authority AGCOM said attacks on the media risked damaging the free press.

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