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Union Organisation of Employees in Atypical and Precarious Work in Italy

Gewerkschaftliche Organisation von Mitarbeitern bei atypischer und prekärer Arbeit in Italien
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Leonardi, Salvo

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Abstract "European trade unions are facing a very serious crisis of identity and strategy. Probably the worst for a long time. Practically all the principal organisations appear to be in serious difficulty in intercepting the new typologies of employment relationships; in interpreting their new identity profiles; the expectations for representation and voice that emerge at both an individual and collective level. In the post-Fordist economy there are more and more SMEs companies, in the service sector, with skilled white collar workers, many of which female, with atypical or subcontract employment relationships, new cultural attitudes and expectation in terms of representations and voice. From a trade union viewpoint, all these elements impose a radical turnaround of attitudes and approaches in order to maintain and possibly reach all those employees who still suffer inequalities, precariousness, exploitation. One of the most interesting and recent experiments is probably represented by the Italian trade union movement, concerning the specific organisation of the atypical workers into the frame of the three historical big confederations (Cgil, Cisl and Uil). A socially and juridical heterogeneous universe, composed by agency temporary workers and semi-dependent workers. Into the international scenario of union density decline the article describes this experience, within the peculiarities of the Italian model of trade unionism and industrial relations." (author's abstract)
Keywords trade union; representation of interests; type of employment; flexibility; precarious employment; industrial relations; employment relationship; flexicurity; Italy
Classification Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 203-224
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 4 (2008) 3
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications