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Download article in original language: In autumnthe Fiom-Cgil trade union is continuing its campaign for the reopening of negotiations on the metalworking sector collective agreement, which was signed in May by employers and the other two main metalworkers’ unions, Fim-Cisl and Uilm-Uil.
Subsequently, Fim-Cisl and Uilm-Uil also reached agreements with Unionmeccanica – Confapithe association of small and medium-sized metalworking companies, and with LegacooperativeConfcooperative and Agciwhich represent cooperatives in the same sector. As had happened on the occasion of the renewal of the pay part of the agreement in summer ITFthe Italian Federation of Metalworkers Federazione Impiegati Operai MetallurgiciFiomaffiliated to the General Confederation of Italian Workers Confederazione Generale Italiana del LavoroCgil did not sign these deals, thereby initiating a period of conflict and company-level industrial action, which seems to be culminating in the autumn of As it considered that both the ‘normative’ and pay ‘economic’ parts of the agreement of 7 May introduced worse conditions than those contained in the previous industry-wide agreement signed in ITFFiom-Cgil started a campaign of industrial action which has led to a series of strikes and company-level bargaining rounds.
The aim of the latter is to conclude pre-agreements pre-contratti – ie company agreements intended to anticipate the contents of a future new sectoral accord along the lines sought by Fiom-Cgil – and to force the reopening of negotiations on renewal of the national sectoral agreement, since Fiom-Cgil does not recognise the validity of the accord signed in May The procedure for bargaining on these pre-agreements has been clearly defined: Moreover, Fiom-Cgil has identified at national-level a set of fundamental demands to be included in the bargaining platforms for the pre-agreements:.
According to the most recent survey conducted by Fiom-Cgil, some pre-agreements have been signed to date, covering around 38, workers. Pre-agreement bargaining is under way in 1, metalworking companies and groups, involving aroundworkers the national agreement covers 1. The agreements have mainly concerned the regions of Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lombardy and Piedmont, whilst metalmeccanico the South no pre-agreements have yet been signed.
The companies involved are mainly of medium size with between and employees. The industrial relations climate is especially tense in Emilia Romagna, and in particular in the provinces of Bologna, Modena and Emilio Romagna.
Moreover, the metalworking industrial associations in the abovementioned provinces are considering whether to take legal steps to protect the rights of firms and of workers who want to work despite the protest metalmeccaici organised by Fiom-Cgil – such as picketing and the blockading of ckntratto entrances- which they maintain go beyond the right to strike.
Mehalmeccanici has attempted to set up committees – as envisaged by the May industry-wide agreement – comprising representatives from all the metalworking unions to discuss important issues such as job classification, working time, and the labour conrratto changes introduced by the ‘Biagi law’.
First, it is necessary to recognise a reduction of its ability to diminish, or keep under control, industrial conflict in such an important area as the metalworking sector. The tensions inherent in a situation of trade union pluralism have been largely overcome by the decades-long unity of action by the union confederations, but they may resurface if that unity breaks down.
Obviously not under discussion is the legitimacy and validity of an agreement signed by only some of the unions involved, but rather its ability to reduce conflict, without which the role of joint regulation through industrial relations appears significantly weakened. Paradoxically, the union most committed to the overriding importance of the national agreement has been forced to resort to company-level bargaining rounds although it presents them as a way to reopen the national-level negotiations.
Nor is it surprising that the large majority of workers should approve company agreements which provide for substantial wage increases; nor that firms should sign company agreements which contradict sectoral ones when multi-employer national-level bargaining does not shift conflict outside firms, but instead brings conflict into them.
Rather, current events in the metalworking sector are signs of possible unforeseen effects meetalmeccanici bargaining decentralisation policies, those advocated by Cisl in particular. In the absence of a united trade union front, differing local economic and labour market conditions, combined with a trade union pluralism unevenly distributed across the country, may cause a significant fragmentation of collective bargaining which renders the bargaining system difficult to manage, to the detriment of the firms above all, but also of the role of industrial relations.
On one side, pre-agreements introduce de facto a higher fragmentation of collective bargaining metalmdccanici weaken the role of the industry-wide agreement, while postponing the achievement of the objective of a unified system of protection to a future sectoral agreement.
On the other side, the present pre-agreements are likely to reduce, if not eliminate, the economic viability of proper ‘second-level’ bargaining on performance-related pay, as envisaged by the July tripartite agreement. Finally, a long tradition of collaborative industrial relations in the areas where Cgil is strongest, such as Emilia Romagna, might be eroded.
However, the strategy of putting forward those claims seems to be almost the only available option for Fiom-Cgil, after the conclusion of the May sectoral renewal, if it intends to continue to put forward its demands. This decision has a highly disruptive potential for the industrial relations system which could probably have been anticipated by the other sectoral actors. The point is that a number of negative unexpected outcomes are emerging from the strategic interaction of the parties and no solutions seem to be mtalmeccanici available.
Metaleccanici, if the divisions that have given rise to this situation were to spread through the Italian industrial relations system, there would be a real risk of a breakdown of collective bargaining, with a growth in conflict and a corresponding erosion of the efficiency of industrial relations, as well as of participatory practices and increasing antagonism among the unions and in bilateral relations too. Eurofound is an agency of metalmeccamici European Union. Skip to main content.
You are here Home Article Fiom-Cgil continues campaign for reopening of negotiations on metalworking agreement. Fiom-Cgil continues campaign for reopening of negotiations on metalworking agreement Published on: DOC In autumnthe Fiom-Cgil trade union is continuing its campaign for the reopening of negotiations on the metalworking sector collective agreement, which was signed in May by employers and the other two main metalworkers’ unions, Fim-Cisl and Uilm-Uil.
The Fiom-Cgil campaign As it considered that both the ‘normative’ and pay ‘economic’ parts of the agreement of 7 May introduced worse conditions than those contained in the previous industry-wide agreement signed in ITFFiom-Cgil started a campaign of industrial action which has led to a series 210 strikes and company-level bargaining rounds.
Moreover, Fiom-Cgil has identified at national-level a set of fundamental demands to be included in the bargaining platforms for the pre-agreements: In particular, Fiom-Cgil demands pay metalmeccamici which ensure a full recouping of inflation over and coverage contratho expected inflation overand reflect sectoral productivity performance.
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In this case, direct reference is made to the new ‘Biagi law’ reforming the labour market ITFto the recent provisions on fixed-term employment ITF and working time ITFwhose direct application should be avoided, and to the protection of precarious workers.
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