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Amazon workers are celebrating a historic victory. The company gave in under trade union pressure... [more]

Amazon workers are celebrating a historic victory. The company gave in under trade union pressure and agreed to end inhumane work schedules. The agreement between Amazon Italy and trade unions is a first in the entire company’s history. Amazon is known for its anti-union policy. The deal that supplements the nationwide sectoral collective labour agreement, ensures fairness in scheduling through reductions in mandatory night shifts and distributing weekend work in a just way. Amazon is notorious for long hours, punishing quotas, and little break time during shifts

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Telecom Italia has asked the government to approve a temporary layoff scheme for 4000 workers as ... [more]

Telecom Italia has asked the government to approve a temporary layoff scheme for 4000 workers as part of the new 2018-20 business plan the telecoms group unveiled in March. The telecom operator is unable to cut jobs due to union pressure. Their alternative is a state-sponsored scheme whereby workers remain at home for a certain period of time as the company adjusts to lower market demand but are not laid off.

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A study by the craftsmen and small enterprises association CGIA revealed that 592,000 people in w... [more]

A study by the craftsmen and small enterprises association CGIA revealed that 592,000 people in worked in 2017 for less than 10 hours per week, up 20.3% from 2007. Of those who worked less than 10 hours per week, 389,000 were employees and 203,000 were self-employed. The majority of people working for less than 10 hours a week did not work in the gig economy, but in traditional sectors such as personal services. Two out of three were women, mainly employed in personal services such as babysitters, carers or service activities related to personal care such as hairdressers, beauticians and wellness centres. Also, the hospitality sector and businesses services are characterised by a high incidence of small hours contracts.

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Trade union FIOM, FIM and UILM have occupied the Termini Imerese town hall. The occupation is par... [more]

Trade union FIOM, FIM and UILM have occupied the Termini Imerese town hall. The occupation is part of a protest against the failure of the Blutec company to meet union demands. The unions refer to guarantees of the national government related to an agreement between the national agency to attract investment Invitalia and Blutec. It was agreed that public funding would be used to get the former FIAT plant back to production.

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Workers at the F-35 assembly line at Cameri Air Baese have cancelled a planned strike to protest ... [more]

Workers at the F-35 assembly line at Cameri Air Baese have cancelled a planned strike to protest the widespread use of employment agency contractors at the site and the lack of job security. The unions said 600 staff are working on agency contracts, while only 270 are employed directly by the defence firm Leonardo, which runs the site. The planned strike was cancelled following guarantees that more of the workers will be given staff contracts.

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The statistical office ISTAT published its annual overview Noi Italia. The 2018 online overview p... [more]

The statistical office ISTAT published its annual overview Noi Italia. The 2018 online overview provides a general framework for understanding the different economic and social aspects of the country, its role within Europe and its territorial differences. Over 100 indicators are classified in 6 macro areas and cover 19 sectors. Users can also export charts and download data. For each sector the complete dataset of time series and other data can be downloaded. In each sector additional information is available (Publications and Useful links). The entire database can be acquired as well, by clicking on the button (download dati) from the homepage. During the presentation, the office said that the country is improving in many sectors, but the situation in the South is still worrying with high unemployment, more poor people and economic hardship.

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According to a WorkForce Europe 2018 survey on over 10,000 workers on the continent including 1,3... [more]

According to a WorkForce Europe 2018 survey on over 10,000 workers on the continent including 1,300 employees in Italy, 40% of Italian workers say that they are so stressed by their job and that they would like a new one. This is the highest in Europe. Moreover, 16% of the workers believe that their company does not care about their psychological and physical wellbeing at all.

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A IMF paper examines whether there is a competitiveness challenge in Italy and evaluates the fram... [more]

A IMF paper examines whether there is a competitiveness challenge in Italy and evaluates the framework of wage bargaining. Wages are set at the sectoral level and extended nationally. However, according to the IMF, they do not respond well to firm-specific productivity, regional disparities, or skill mismatches. Nominally rigid wages have also implied adjustment through lower profits and employment. The paper is a classical example of the IMF-reasoning that decentralisation of bargaining leads to higher employment rates.

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The central organisations of employers and workers, agreed on what could become a historic agreem... [more]

The central organisations of employers and workers, agreed on what could become a historic agreement. The deal between on the one hand employers’ organisation Confindustria, on the other hand the three trade union confederations CGIL, CISL and UIL will lead to new contractual arrangements and industrial relations. The negotiations started a year and a half ago. The framework agreement that has been negotiated should become an instrument in the fight against what is called ‘contractual dumping’, the phenomenon of contractual arrangements signed by non-representative organisations.

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Trade unions reacted positively towards the collective agreement they negotiated for the 560000 w... [more]

Trade unions reacted positively towards the collective agreement they negotiated for the 560000 workers in local and regional government offices. After a 10-year freeze, they managed to win an 85 euro pay increase per month and there are improvements in a range in holiday entitlement and sick leave. Additional resources are available for local bargaining. The General Confederation of Labour for public services, FP-CGI, is proud of the new collective agreement that addresses wages, rights and bargaining at the same time.

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