Labour rights in Italy
Lead NCPItaly
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the trade union FIOM-CGIL regarding the activities of EATON S.R.L. a US multinational enterprise operating in Italy.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations
Date24 Feb 2011
Host country(ies)Italy
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the public statement issued by the Italian NCP concluding the specific instance - 14 March 2013

In February 2011 the Italian NCP received a request for review from the trade union FIOM-CGIL alleging that EATON S.R.L., a US multinational enterprise, had breached the employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines in Italy through closure of its plant in Masa, Tuscany, and the subsequent layoffs of 345 workers. 

By virtue of an agreement reached by the parties in the course of parallel judicial proceedings the trade union waived the specific instance. Nevertheless, some secondary reasons for conflict still remained between the parties, and the NCP continued to offer its good offices to help the parties work towards a mutually satisfactory solution. At the end of this process the NCP issued a public statement recommending that the parties work together in good faith towards the best solution of the case and that, in the future, the multinational enterprise strive for the highest involvement of workers whenever a major organisational change is under consideration.