UNITARY WORKPLACE UNION STRUCTURE (RSU)

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RAPPRESENTANZA SINDACALE UNITARIA (RSU)
UNITARY WORKPLACE UNION STRUCTURE (RSU)

Company-level combined trade union body created by the CGIL-CISL-UIL framework agreement of 1 March 1991 and given express recognition as a combined workplace-level union structure under the Agreement of 23 July 1993 and subsequent national multi-industry agreements, the foremost being that of 1 December 1993 for manufacturing. These agreements confirm the preference of the Italian trade union movement for the single channel of representation system, since the RSU is simultaneously both the rank-and-file body of the various unions and the body representing all those employed in an individual work/production unit or in a particular geographical area. Two thirds of the seats on the RSU are filled by representatives elected by the workforce as a whole (see election of RSUs ), with the remaining third reserved for appointment or election by the trade union organizations that are signatories to the industry-wide agreement .

The RSU possesses all the rights granted by law and collective bargaining to the RSA . In particular, RSUs possess the rights conferred on the RSA by the Workers' Statute (to hold mass meetings, ballots , etc.) and they exercise the information and consultation rights (see disclosure of information/rights to information , rights to consultation ) provided for by law and collective agreement. A significant development to be noted is that, as part of a revision of the bargaining structure introduced by the Agreement of 23 July 1993, RSUs are given the competence, along with the territorial unions that are signatories to collective agreements, to negotiate at company level on issues delegated from the industry-wide level.


Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.