Article on DIRESOC published in an academic journal

The increasing digitalisation of work poses unprecedented challenges to labor law, welfare
systems and worker representation. In a scenario of uncertain occupational prospects, the
old boundaries between industry and services fade, as well as those between subordination
and autonomy in the employment relationship. The cognitive enrichment and the
empowerment of certain occupations corresponds to the de-qualification of various others,
in terms of roles, rights and social power. Collective bargaining and involvement at work,
together with new laws on the legal status of platform workers, represent the main levers
through which the unions can exercise close control over working conditions and possibly
anticipate the change. In this article, an overview is given of the most recent evolution of
collective bargaining in Italy, with particular regard to the profiles of work organization and
workers participation, direct and indirect, with a focus on the metal sector. A scenario that
confirms the various dualisms that affect the Italian economy and society, between some
best practices of international value and a majority of cases still barely touched by socio-
technical innovation and new industrial relations.
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