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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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The announcement of Amazon to introduce bracelets in order to optimise workers’ performance has l... [more]

The announcement of Amazon to introduce bracelets in order to optimise workers’ performance has led to a furious protest. Politicians and unions refer to the early days of capitalism and talk about robotising mankind. In a critical blog, the website Equal Times analyses the current situation in logistics and the background of the dispute at Amazon that led in 2017 to a walk-out. In the global context of easy relocation and falling transport costs, logistics appears to have become the main profit generating factor, exploiting the differences between production costs in the manufacturing countries and end prices in the destination markets. Moreover, recourse to technology, rather than benefitting workers, appears to have increased their workload, judging by the ever-decreasing turnaround times, which in logistics encompasses transportation, packaging, warehousing and the delivery of goods.

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A strike planned on 23 February by general practitioners, hospital doctors and vets was called of... [more]

A strike planned on 23 February by general practitioners, hospital doctors and vets was called off after civil-service bargaining agency ARAN invited their trade unions for talks. The trade unions spoke about a first step forwards that will enable the unions to finally exercise the opening of bargaining without weighing on citizens and workers.

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At 10 February, there has been a four-hour strike at Ryanair Italy. The pilots’ union ANPAC was n... [more]

At 10 February, there has been a four-hour strike at Ryanair Italy. The pilots’ union ANPAC was not participating in the industrial action because their union is currently in talks with Ryanair. Ryanair confirmed in December that they recognise unions for all staff, but is focussing on making agreements with the pilots’ unions first. The unions representing cabin and ground crew that called out the strike, Cgil, Cisl and Uil, are angry that they weren’t included in contract negotiations with the Ireland-based budget airline.

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