Forza Italia, the center-right political party in Italy, has proposed an alternative law that focuses on ensuring fair compensation for workers in the private sector. The proposal, which was presented on July 25th and published on the Chamber of Deputies’ website today, suggests that if there is no applicable national collective bargaining agreement, employees should receive a compensation equivalent to the minimum amount specified in the most widely used collective bargaining agreement in their respective sector. If it is not possible to identify a specific sector for a particular occupation, the employees should receive a salary equal to the average of the minimum amounts specified in the most widely used national collective bargaining agreements in related sectors. The Ministry of Labor will be responsible for identifying the reference agreements.
According to the proposal, this approach aims to promote collective bargaining between workers’ unions and employers’ representatives, which is considered the most suitable tool for safeguarding the interests of both workers and businesses. The proposal also includes a second article unrelated to the minimum wage issue. Instead, it focuses on providing structural benefits for private sector employees earning an annual income below 25,000 euros. These employees would be eligible for tax exemptions on their thirteenth-month salary, night shift allowances, and overtime pay, up to a maximum benefit of 5,000 euros. Forza Italia proposes a maximum public expenditure limit of one billion euros for this measure. The estimated technical coverage is 700 million euros, achieved through cost reductions in government ministries, with an additional 300 million euros to be covered by the social fund for training and employment.
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