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Italy: several sectors renew their national collective agreements
Planet Labor, 24 September 2019, n°11373 - www.planetlabor.com

The renewal of the energy and oil sector national collective agreement (NCA), signed on 19 September 2019 (c.f. article No. 11365) has launched what is set to be a particularly busy period for collective bargaining. From among those renewals most hotly awaited is the mechanical and metallurgy NCA that impacts approximately 1.5 million workers, and for which the FIOM-Cgil, FIM-Cisl, and Uilm union bodies have recently laid out their demand platforms (c.f. article No. 11338). Renewal negotiations have commenced for the agri-food sector NCA, a sector especially important for Italy, employing approximately 400,000. Negotiations are set to either commence or resume in the electricity, banking, rubber & plastics, and footwear sectors. Furthermore, the collective agreement for the commerce, tertiary and services sector, which impacts a million employees of companies that are members of the Concommercio employers’ body expires at the end of 2019. According to Istat’s (the Italian National Institute of Statistics) quarterly data, at the end of June 2019, 45 collective agreements were in line for renewal, impacting 5.2 million employees.