About the project
The Irel project encompasses three cases of digital transformation that show different implications for work patterns and industrial relations:
“Irel- Smarter Industrial Relations to Address New Technological Challenges in the World of Work” (March 2019 to February 2021), Co-funded by the European Commission, DG EMPL, under the Budget Heading 04.03.01.08 Improving Expertise in the Field of Industrial Relations.
It pursues three main goals: to analize the way in which industrial relations players and practices are coping with the problems that arise from the transformation of employment patterns prompted by technological innovation; to promote transnational dialogue, exchange of information and benchmarking of best practices; to put forward policy proposals aimed at providing innovative and effective solutions to the problems of collective representation and regulation of employment relations in digitized workplaces.
The “digital transformation” of production processes poses landmark challenges for the organization of the workplace and the related employment patterns. Such challenges call into question the regulatory role of industrial relations and the capacity of social partners to promote fair working conditions along with a smooth adjustment of companies to the new determinants of competitiveness.
Industry 4.0 represents a world in which virtual and physical systems of manufacturing cooperate globally with each other in a flexible way, to offer highly customized products and services, and this has a profound impact on employment relations.
Platform work is a form of employment that uses online platforms to match the supply and demand for labour. The types of work offered through platforms are ever-increasing, giving rise to significant challenges for existing regulatory frameworks.
Smart work is a new model of working adopting information technology to allow work to take place “anytime, anywhere” and to balance personal needs, space, time and responsibility, with a view to improving employee performance and job satisfaction.
National Collective Agreement for the discipline of the activity of riders and letter from the Legislative Office of the Ministry of Labour to Assodelivery
15 September 2020 – The association of food delivery platforms Assodelivery and the trade union UGL have signed a “National Collective Agreement for the discipline of the activity of delivery of goods on behalf of third parties carried out by self-employed workers, so called riders”.
On September 17, 2020, the Legislative Office of the Ministry of Labour sent a letter to Assodelivery in which it reported some problematic profiles regarding the agreement, with a particular reference to compliance and compatibility with the provisions of Chapter V-bis of Legislative Decree no. 81/2015.
2 September 2020 – I. Senatori, “Il lavoro agile in cerca di identità. Cronaca legislativa di un quadriennio travagliato (2017-2020)”
31 July 2020 – The National Reports on Platform Work for Germany, Italy and Poland have been posted
Marco Biagi Foundation is a lead applicant of the European Project “iRel-Smarter Industrial Relations to Address New Technological Challenges in the World of Work”
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