Members News – Italian Session: ASSODIPRO as unifying force among Italian trade unions

Recently, the EUROMIL’s General Assembly took place in Rome, featuring a dedicated session focused on Italy. Numerous representatives and managers from trade unions authorized by the Ministry of Defense attended the event. A prevailing concern among all participants was the inadequacy of the law on representation No. 46/2022. While everyone acknowledged the importance of union rights, little action was taken to address the issue substantially during its early stages. Instead, there was a rush to create statutes in order to obtain recognition.

ASSODIPRO had long been forward-thinking regarding trade union rights for the military, but unfortunately, politics remained short-sighted. Nevertheless, despite facing setbacks, ASSODIPRO has persistently fought for the right to trade union for thirty years, driven by unwavering belief.

However, politics has remained short-sighted. Following the Constitutional Court’s ruling, THE Parliament gave birth to a feeble solution— a law that weakens Military Representation. This law attempts to present it as a free trade union, but in reality, it undermines the rights of military personnel who seek to exercise their constitutional and statutory rights. Let us not forget that soldiers are workers, albeit in an unconventional sense, and this has nothing to do with the so-called “specificity” that the law refers to.

During the General Assembly of EUROMIL (where Assodipro has been an active member since 1998) several representatives from military unions requested and were granted observer status for a two-year period. After this period, they may or may not be accepted as full members.

Considering this situation, one may wonder if the management of the concerned trade unions and ASSODIPRO can align on a strategy to play a more influential role within this international partnership. A more impactful role would entail establishing dynamic and mutually beneficial relationships with both the Italian Government and the Parliament.

In such a scenario, it is possible that some recognition could be achieved without resorting to legal proceedings.

Lastly, it is crucial to remember that ASSODIPRO is not a traditional union and does not come with the entanglements associated with recognized unions. ASSODIPRO could serve as a unifying force among all trade unions, allowing them to maintain their autonomy while fostering collaboration.

Read the full press release here. (Italian language)

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