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Italy's biggest national trade union, with a membership of more than 5.5 million. It has been traditionally close to the country's defunct Communist party and retains a left-wing orientation, just as the other main Italian unions have ties to Christian Democrats, Socialists and even the Northern League. CGIL (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro) has a reputation for opposing compromise deals meant to revive Italy's moribund economy and labor market, insisting on a crystal clear division of roles between capital and labor. That has led to a notable clash with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne in recent years, as the carmaker's boss insisted on more flexible working shifts in exchange for investment in factory equipment.

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  1. Politics

    Growing rift between Renzi and union underscores the end of an era

    by Giorgio Pogliotti

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    “The government doesn't write laws by negotiating with the unions. We listen to everybody, we must talk with the unions, but nobody can think of negotiating the budget.” With these remarks, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi confirmed once again that the season of mutually-agreed policy decisions is definitely over. The era when, in 1993, the government, the employers and the unions sat down around a table and worked out an income policy to keep inflation under control and ...

  2. Business and economy

    Italy's main trade unions are popular among pensioners rather than young temporary workers

    by Giorgio Pogliotti

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    CGIL, CISL and UIL, the three major Italian Unions, seem unable to renew themselves. Together they declare more than 12 million members, half of which are retired people. The majority of the active members are civil servants, but the three organizations are also deeply rooted in industry and the service sector, while they turn out to be nearly absent among temporary and independent workers. These numbers well explain the incapacity of the Unions to better represent a ...

  3. Politics

    Jobs Act: Renzi's party risks a split

    by Emilia Patta

    Injecting more flexibility in the rigid Italian labor market by making it easier to fire people in exchange for the introduction of a universal dole for the first time, and active labor market ...

  4. Politics

    Renzi faces the test of first general strike over the labor market reform and the budget

    by Claudio Tucci

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    The Italian government led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faced yesterday its first general strike over its labor market reforms. Promoted by two of the country’s largest union organizations, CGIL and UIL, the protest called on the government to radically change its new flexible labor market rules as well as the budget measures included in the Stability Law. The last general strike to take place in Italy was in 2011, when all the three big unions, including CISL, ...

  5. Arts and Leisure

    Verdi and Italy's tardiness

    by Fabrizio Forquet

    There is a common thread that links the warbling notes of Verdi to the surreal arguments that have prolonged the debate on labor reform in this country for decades. As the world embraces the free ...

  6. Government policies

    The clash between the left's two opposing souls and the end of the Italian cold war

    by Sergio Fabbrini

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    It is not a question of character, nor of political style. What separates Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi from the two leaders of the CGIL union - Susanna Camusso and Maurizio Landini - is their vision of Italy. This separation is based on two different political paradigms, which have come to dictate two different strategies for political action. The clash between Renzi and CGIL has brought to the surface a division that dates back to the 1990s. It is a division that ...