Italy -Labour reform stays controversial -December 24, 2014

The cabinet approved key parts of the so-called Jobs Act to ease firing restrictions, extend the duration of jobless benefits and introduce a new contract type offering compensation in case of dismissal that gradually increases with seniority.

The labour reforms, which went to cabinet before Christmas, have been very controversial and have triggered widespread protests by organised labour. The cabinet approved key parts of the so-called Jobs Act to ease firing restrictions, extend the duration of jobless benefits and introduce a new contract type offering compensation in case of dismissal that gradually increases with seniority. According to the trade unions the reforms will undermine a fundamental labour right by softening protections against unfair dismissal and encouraging employers to fire workers ‘with fewer rights for everyone’. The unions have also protested against the Stability Law, which introduces a package of public spending cuts that will hit the education and health care sectors.

English: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/24/uk-italy-economy-reform ...  

http://www.equaltimes.org/italian-workers-strike-against ...

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2014/12/23/renzi-govt-focuses-on-jobs-act-decrees ...  


For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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