Stop the minimum wage, the delegation passes to the Government: the opposition proposal blocked

The Labor Commission of the Chamber, with the majority vote, approved the centre-right text which suppresses the text on the minimum wage, transforming it into a law enabling the government. The opposition abandoned the work shortly before the green light

Stop the minimum wage. The Labor Commission of the Chamber has given the green light to the majority amendment which cancels the opposition’s proposal on the topic. The approved text instead provides for a delegation to the government to be exercised within six months. Among the objectives, the need to “guarantee the implementation of the right of every male and female worker to proportionate and sufficient remuneration, as enshrined in Article 36 of the Constitution”. The opposition was against it and saw their proposal blocked and abandoned the work in the Chamber. “They have compressed parliamentary time, thus killing the minimum wage with a delegation to the government. We are not complicit in this havoc of parliamentary democracy”, said the group leader of the Democratic Party in the Labor Committee in the Chamber Arturo Scotto.

The text approved in the Commission

In detail, the amendment approved by the majority which transforms the opposition’s bill on the minimum wage into a delegation to the government provides that, in order to guarantee the implementation of the right of every worker to proportionate and sufficient remuneration, ” the Government is delegated to adopt, within six months from the date of entry into force of this law, upon proposal of the Minister of Labor and Social Policies, in agreement with the Minister of Economy and Finance, in compliance with the constraints of public finance and community provisions, one or more legislative decrees aimed at intervening in the matter of workers’ compensation and collective bargaining”. The aim is to achieve some objectives, including “ensuring fair and equitable remuneration for workers; combat underpaid work, also in relation to specific organizational models of work and categories of workers; stimulate the renewal of collective agreements in compliance with the deadlines established by the social partners, in the interests of workers; combat contractual dumping, which causes phenomena of unfair competition through the proliferation of contractual systems aimed at lowering labor costs and reducing worker protections”.

Criteria and objectives

As stated in the text, the government must adhere to certain guiding principles and criteria in exercising its delegation: “define, for each category, the collective agreements most applied in reference to the number of companies and employees, in order to provide that the minimum overall economic treatment of the most applied contract is, pursuant to art. 36 of the Constitution, the minimum economic condition to be recognized for workers in the same category; establish, for the sectors of service contracts of any type, the obligation for contracting and subcontracting companies to recognize the workers involved in the contract, minimum overall economic treatments not lower than those provided for by the collective agreements most applied in the category in which the the contract is developed and identified”.