1st Transnational Workshop – Italy

Date: 1st of July, 2021

Time:9.30 – 12.30 (CET)

Topic: Workers’ involvement and the Social Economy Action Plan: actors, challenges and opportunities

About the event:

The economic crises of past years and, above all, the one that the pandemic is leaving us with, put the economic fabric, employment and social balances in the EU at risk. However, in the recovery, alongside these risks, important opportunities for change can open up: worker involvement and participation in enterprises is one example. Often developed in the form of cooperatives and with the support and accompaniment of trade unions, such involvement can act as a driving force for a new concept of enterprise and industrial relations.

In many EU countries, however, this system meets with resistance and difficulties.  

It is therefore necessary that the forthcoming European Social Economy Action Plan be accompanied by the collective commitment of all actors, starting with trade unions and the cooperative system, in order to overcome barriers and mutual distrust.  

The main objective of this workshop is, therefore, to bring together the two main protagonists, the trade unions and the cooperative system, to reflect on the reference framework, learn about and enhance good practices and work together, contributing to the development of a positive synergy that will strengthen and relaunch an innovative social dialogue to better address the many challenges of the future.Page Break


9:30 – 9:45 Introduction   

Paloma Arroyo, COCETA

Vilma Rinolfi, CISL  

9:45 – 10:30 Social Economy, cooperatives and trade unions which possible alliances?

  • Marina Monaco, ETUC  
  • Diana Dovgan, CECOP  
  • Q&A

10:30 – 11:30   Good practices: trade unions, cooperatives and workers organizing  

  • Fabrizio Creston, CISL Verona; Francesco Zenere, Food for me
  • Attilio Dadda , Legacoop Lombardia, 3L
  • Guillem Perdrix, Federació de Cooperatives de Treball de Catalunya; Elena Bernet, Incoop
  • Saturnino Martin, Federación Andaluza de Empresas Cooperativas de Trabajo, Ambulancias Andalucía S.Coop.And

With a short break at 11.00

11:30 – 12:10 Discussion  

Moderated by Francesco Lauria, CISL

12:10 – 12:30 Conclusions

Gianluca Pastorelli, Diesis Network

Giulio Romani, CISL  

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