The Role of Collective Bargaining in Italian Labour Law

Mariella Magnani


Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the most important featuresof the Italian collective bargaining system, together with its historicaldevelopments.
Design/methodology/approach. We examine the legal framework under
Italian law, the structure of the Italian collective bargaining system and the transnational dimension of Italian collective bargaining.
Findings. The increasing integration of markets and rapidly evolving
entrepreneurial needs have led to ever greater flexibilisation of national labour regulations, bringing about major changes in European collective bargaining systems.
Research limitations/implications. This research provides a critical debate
about Italian collective bargaining.
Originality/value. A number of transnational collective agreements
concluded by Italian firms are investigated, alongside their content and the academic debate that these arrangements have generated.
Paper type. Research paper.