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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-19/1192 – Updated – measures in Italy
|Country||Italy , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 04 May 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||28 September 2020 (updated 30 July 2021)|
Following up the decree no. six issued on 23 February 2020, on 26 April 2020 the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte outlined a new plan to ease the lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infections. Measures will be relaxed from 4 May 2020.
Together with these measures the government negotiated a protocol agreement, included as annex (no. seven) to the decree, with trade unions and employers' organisations on health and safety at work in the building sector for construction sites.
The protocol established specific rules in the building sector, to ensure a safe re-opening of the construction sites in the country. In particular it established the following provisions:
The protocol applied to all the constructions sites located in the country, both private as well as public ones, which were ongoing during the COVID-19 emergency phase.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The protocol was negotiated by the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport and by the Ministry for Labour and Social Policies on the government sites, together with the main employers' organisations in the construction sector (ANCI, UPI, Anas S.p.A., RFI, ANCE, Alleanza delle Cooperative) and the largest trade unions (Feneal Uil, Filca –CISL, and Fillea CGIL). The most representative social partners were involved, signing the main national collective agreement in the sector.
The social partners are satisfied with the provisions included in the protocol, negotiated during the peak of the COVID-19 emergency. It allowed, in fact, to safely re-open the construction sites, restarting the productive activities for many companies in the building sector. At the same time, it enabled to safeguard the jobs and the income levels of the workforce in the sector, by restarting the on-site activities by ensuring a safe and health workplace.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|F - Construction||F41 Construction of buildings|
|F42 Civil engineering|
|F43 Specialised construction activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Protocol for the containment of the COVID-19 spread in the construction sites, measure IT-2020-19/1192 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2020-19_1192.html
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