Italy - Union's bid for referendum on firing process rejected - January 31, 2017

The Constitutional Court has rejected a request by trade union CGIL for a referendum on key provisions of the Jobs Act, adopted under former prime minister Matteo Renzi. The law was one of Renzi’s flagships in his attempt to revive the economy. The law scrapped a rule that gave terminated workers from large private sector companies the right to be re-hired if a court established that the termination was unjustified. Big businesses as well as the bond market appeared to welcome the Constitutional Court’s decision. Trade union CGIL announced that they consider bringing the case to the European Court of Justice now.

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