From the management of working hours to the right to disconnect, from health and safety to technological and non-technological means: smart working, an increasingly widespread method at the time of Covid, is preparing for a new look.
The trade unions are pushing for it to be regulated through collective bargaining
, and not a possible ad hoc law, fully ensuring the rights and protections to those who, while maintaining the principle of "voluntary" membership, make use of it.
And for this reason they argue the need to define an understanding between the government and the social partners, with a framework agreement, in view of the end of the state of emergency, scheduled for October 15, (unless further extensions), date after which the procedure simplified, and without the need for an individual agreement, it will be closed.
The theme was at the center of the first meeting, "interlocutory but important", as defined by the trade unions, with the Minister of Labor and Social Policies, Nunzia Catalfo.
A meeting already planned in videoconference, with the minister who has been in precautionary quarantine since yesterday, after - as already explained by the same ministry - having been in contact with a person who then tested positive for Covid;
the two tests she carried out were negative.
Instead, the table on the pension reform scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.
Agile work is governed by law no.
81/2017 but for the entire duration of the state of emergency, as already provided for by the Prime Ministerial Decree of 1 March, there is the possibility of working in smart working without the need for individual agreements between employer and employee, thus making use of the procedure simplified communication.
"In view of the end of the emergency regime, we must reach a concerted understanding between the government, trade unions and companies to establish strong mutual reliance to be implemented in the workplace through national, company and territorial bargaining", says the deputy secretary general of the CISL , Luigi Sbarra.
And not through "an undifferentiated law that imposes maximum thresholds or exceptions that allow companies to operate unilaterally", he affirms again, stressing that the minister "has opened up to an approach that enhances the role of industrial relations".
It is "essential to better define" the rules of smart working and "restore the rules that were skipped with the emergency measures, starting with the right to an individual agreement or instrumental equipment borne by companies", says the confederal secretary of the CGIL, Tania Scacchetti .
Uil is also focusing on this: the process will proceed with a second meeting that will have to be called "before October 18", says the confederal secretary Tiziana Bocchi.
"We proposed to the minister to imagine, once the emergency period is over, an instrument, such as a protocol or an agreement, capable of giving great strength to bargaining".