Doc Servizi: an answer to the needs of the Italian fragmented labour market


Francesca Martinelli

Friday 29 Jun 2018, 13:00 - 14:00
International Institute of Social Studies
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Francesca Martinelli has been invited as a speaker at the International Institute of Social Studies to discuss challenges and solutions to current Italian employment laws.

Artists, musicians, creative people, but also knowledge workers, self-entrepreneur and freelancers: these are all people that in Italy have to face a complex law, a difficult management of their activities, an inadequate knowledge of the working principles of their field and illegal labour.

A situation shared by 86% of under 40 that in Italy does not have a long-term contract. This growth of new forms of precarious work is questioning the image of a full time worker employed all life-long in the same enterprise. Moreover, Italy and all the Western Countries are facing some difficulties in shaping these new forms of work into their employment law, usually based on the classic employed work.

In this frame, in Italy we find a very innovative experience of cooperation that is trying since 1990 to protect and valorise the work of professionals in the field of arts, creativity and culture: the Veronese cooperative Doc Servizi.

Doc Servizi is an alliance between workers and focus on some specific needs: sharing resources, giving a legal recognition to uncertain employment situations and giving the opportunity to cooperate. Doc Servizi is an evolution of worker cooperative and offer to self-employed workers one way to obtain both the same rights as employees and autonomy in the management of their business.

Hiring the professional, the cooperative gives him all the protections of employees and support him in developing his activity. Through Doc Servizi, workers find a solution to their uncertain activities and, working together, obtain more control when they propose themselves in the market also negotiating better work conditions.

In this way, this cooperative model gives a concrete answer to the still actual plague of illegal labour and represents an innovative way to insert uncharacteristic workers in the existing employment law. 

About the speaker

After a master degree in Philosophy, obtained in 2017 a PhD in “Human Capital Formation and Labour Relations” at the University Bergamo and Paris VIII Vincennes-St.-Denis. Now she is in charge of research and development and international relations at Doc Servizi.

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