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According to a report, published by statistical office ISTAT, one in three people (30% of the res... [more]

According to a report, published by statistical office ISTAT, one in three people (30% of the residents) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The rate is much higher than the EU-average (at 23.5%). The results of the ISTAT-survey show on one side a relevant and widespread growth of the 2015 total household income at current and constant prices, on the other side an increase, in 2016, of the economic inequality and the risk of poverty or social exclusion. This indicates a worsening of the financial situation of a large part of the population. The income growth was the highest in the richest quintile of the population.

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In an interesting paper, the labour market development in the period 2000-2016 is analysed. After... [more]

In an interesting paper, the labour market development in the period 2000-2016 is analysed. After a sizable negative shock from the double-dip recession a moderate recovery began in 2014. However, unemployment remains higher than pre-crisis levels, especially for young workers. The authors pinpoint the regional heterogeneity that is still high, with the stagnating south unable to catch up with the north. The south has experienced a more pronounced relative decrease in public sector real wages as well as a lower increase in private sector real wages due to different inflation dynamics. Given the strong economic heterogeneity between regions, the same collectively bargained wage might have different purchasing power in the north, the centre, and the south. Real earnings are increasing, but productivity is stable at relatively low levels compared to other European countries. Undeclared employment is still high, especially in the south.

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Home store retailer Ikea is confronted with a dispute after one of its employees complained that ... [more]

Home store retailer Ikea is confronted with a dispute after one of its employees complained that she was sacked for refusing early morning shifts because she had to care for her disabled son. Despite giving her unwritten assurances that she would be given a more flexible schedule, management was not willing to help out. The trade unions have reacted furiously and said that this is a clear message to employees: they want everyone to know that they’re the ones who decide and, regardless of whatever problems anyone might have, either you agree or you’re out. The retailer workers’ union Filcams CGIL called two hour-long strikes at the Corsico Ikea store and plans a protest there on 5 December.

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The bargaining partners in the telecom-sector, the employer organisation Assotelecomunicazioni-As... [more]

The bargaining partners in the telecom-sector, the employer organisation Assotelecomunicazioni-Asstel and the trade unions Slc-Cgil, Fistel-Cisl and Uilcom-Uil, signed a transitional agreement for the sector. The deal includes a continuation of some provisions of the existing collective agreement until 30 June 2018. The agreement has set out the procedure for the next bargaining round; the unions will have to table their proposals before 31 March 2018. The agreement has three wage related components: an average pay increase of 40 euro in two steps (on 1 January and 1 July 2018), an additional 10 euro on average monthly wage component, called an ‘Elemento Retributivo Separato’, and a 120-euro nominal welfare benefit in 2018.

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The trade unions at Amazon are demanding pay rises to match the company’s growth. They complain t... [more]

The trade unions at Amazon are demanding pay rises to match the company’s growth. They complain that workers find themselves forced to do mandatory overtime, to work night shifts or sometimes for six days without a break to keep up with increasing demand. Workers have called a strike over pay to coincide with the online shopping giant’s Black Friday sale. Workers at Amazon’s distribution centre in Castel San Giovanni in Piacenza, in the north of Italy, walked out for the whole of Friday 24 November. Workers also voted not to accept any overtime from now until after Christmas – which, along with the Black Friday promotion, is typically retailers’ busiest time of year.

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According to a report, published by NGO Caritas, young people have limited access to minimum inco... [more]

According to a report, published by NGO Caritas, young people have limited access to minimum income schemes and benefits. Young people have free access to the social protection benefits system, but only if they fall within the restricted access criteria of the various measures. In addition, generally, these minimum income schemes are inadequate to elevate youth to a threshold of decent living. The report also discusses the provisional minimum income measure (entitled SIA – Active Inclusion Support) that was introduced in September 2016.

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This country report in the frame of the European Project DECOBA analyses the development of the s... [more]

This country report in the frame of the European Project DECOBA analyses the development of the system of industrial relations. State interventionism has posed a serious challenge to the traditional primacy of multi-employer bargaining and has exacerbated an insidious process of segmentation with regard to labour standards and protections. The fragmentation of the employers' organisations raises the problem of so-called ‘pirate’ agreements, signed by ambiguous associations, risks to undermine the whole system, fostering fraudulent strategies and downward contractual dumping. At firm-level, decentralised bargaining has not taken off, and in spite of all the legal and fiscal pushes, coverage remains very limited and strongly linked to their size and unionization. Nevertheless, social dialogue remains fairly lively and reactive, as clearly indicated by the inter-confederal agreements on representativeness and collective bargaining.

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According to court documents, two of the country’s biggest food companies have been implicated in... [more]

According to court documents, two of the country’s biggest food companies have been implicated in labour abuses of migrant workers picking tomatoes bought by thousands of European consumers every week. Prosecutor Paola Guglielmi named food giants Mutti and Conserve Italia as benefiting from ‘conditions of absolute exploitation’ in the country’s hugely lucrative tomato industry, as part of an investigation into the death of a seasonal labourer. Through a far-reaching investigation, the prosecutor checked telephone records, tapped phone calls and conducted aerial surveillance to link the exploitation of seasonal migrant workers to industrial giants. While workers make an average of €30 a day in the Puglia region, they can expect to lose up to half of that just to pay for food, transport, water and a cut to their gangmaster. A trade union spokesperson said that, next to transparency, stricter rules are necessary for the control of suppliers.

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The observatory Ebitemp for temporary work reported on recent developments in the sector (with gr... [more]

The observatory Ebitemp for temporary work reported on recent developments in the sector (with graphs and figures). The number of temporary agency workers in August 2017 was up by 6.8% on an annual basis. The number of temp workers in August 2017 reached 419,800 compared with 392,959 in the same period of 2016. The number of hours worked in August 2017 increased by 21.6% on an annual basis. Ebitemp was set up by the trade unions in the temporary agency sector and the three trade union confederations, together with the main employers’ organisations in the temporary agency sector.

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Workers at the troubled Ilva steel plant held a 24-hour-strike over plans to cut 4,000 jobs as pa... [more]

Workers at the troubled Ilva steel plant held a 24-hour-strike over plans to cut 4,000 jobs as part of its restructuring under a takeover by led by Indian steel multinational ArcelorMittal. Union members held a sit-in at Ilva's site in Taranto, Puglia, where 3,300 job losses are planned and also protested at Ilva's plant in Genoa where a further 600 jobs would go. The Am Investco takeover consortium intends to re-hire almost 10,000 out of 14,000 Ilva workers, according to a letter sent to unions ahead of government-mediated talks slated in Rome on 9 October 2017. The trade unions and the government want Am Investco to guarantee it will maintain Ilva employees' existing salaries, jobs and contractual benefits while the consortium has said it wants to re-negotiate these.

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