Government talks with Italian trade unions and employers over plans to reform the labour market have ended in broad agreement.
According to Prime Minister Mario Monti, the three hour meeting garnered support from most quarters except from one trade union. It opposed changing Article 18 of Italian labour law to make it easier for employers to sack workers.
Prime Minister Mario Monti explained: “All the social parts agree with the new Article 18 in the new form proposed by Welfare Minister Elsa Fornero, except for one: the CGIL.”
A reformed Article 18 will cut red tape allowing bosses to fire workers with fewer restrictions.
The government is making jobs for the young a priority.
And for the first time, all Italians will be covered by an unemployment benefits plan.
The Monti government is determined to revive Italy’s chronically uncompetitive economy and intends to push through the reforms. However realising the need to avoid strikes and dissent within government ranks, a second meeting for further talks is scheduled for Thursday.