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22/02/2011

Sector-level bargaining and possibilities for deviations at company level: Italy

EF/10/87/EN/6


Italian industrial relations are characterised by a low degree of ‘legal institutionalisation’. Legislation and the state have a limited role in the regulation of collective bargaining, conflict and union representation. Infact, it is possible to say that there is almost a complete abstention of the law. However, the Protocol of 23 July 1993, a tripartite agreement, represents a kind of ‘constitutional charter for industrial relations, the basic agreement that formed the basis for subsequent accords. It established a new institutional framework for income policy, bargaining structure and procedures,worker/union representation, employment policies and measures to support the production system.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. L. Burroni, M.Pedaci (University of Teramo)
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