European Industrial Relations Review, no. 343, 2002, p. 25-28
The Italian social partners have concluded a new national agreement on labour market reform, tax cuts and special measures for the South of the country. This includes increases in unemployment benefit balanced by more pressure on unemployed people to accept jobs. The social partners will also explore ways of linking income support to active labour market measures. They will also look at the creation of a second level of social cushioning measures, which aim to mitigate the impact of restructuring and redundancy.