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Historic labour agreement signed in Italy14th of September 2011
An historically significant agreement has been reached between the Italian employers' federation Confindustria and major trade unions (MF,CGIL,CISL and UIL) on reform of the collective bargaining system.
It has taken two years to reach agreement because CGIL held out against the new rules.
The final deal establishes national procedures to achieve union representation and recognition, guarantees the validity of arrangements signed off by a majority of worker representatives and allows individual enterprises to negotiate local agreements within the broad terms laid down by the new national framework.