31894 - Trade Union Law and Industrial Relations Law

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Employment and Business Relations Consultant (cod. 9230)

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at offering a critical study on the regulation of collective labour relations: knowledge of Industrial Relations System, Trade Union Law, Regulation of Employment Relationship. It’s able to consult the discipline properly.

Course contents

The course will be focused on the following issues.


  • The employment relationship.
  • The trade unions law.
  • The trade union.
  • Workers' representative structures at workplaces.
  • The freedom of association (trade union) principle.
  • Trade unions' rights and representativeness.


  • The special procedure against employers' anti-union behaviours. Collective labour agreements typologies; in particular, the collective agreement "di diritto comune" (regulated by common private law) and in public administrations.
  • The evolution of collective bargaining and its structure.
  • Collective bargaining and the law. The organisation of employment relationship.


  • The right to strike, the lock-out and other industrial actions.

Notes for Erasmus students: Erasmus students from abroad are expected to prepare the same programme of study.


For the preparation of the exam we recommend the last edition of the text below

F. Carinci, R. De Luca Tamajo, P. Tosi, T. Treu, Diritto del lavoro, 1, Il diritto sindacale, Utet, Torino, 2018.


M. Ballestrero, Diritto sindacale, Giappichelli, Torino, most recent edition

M. Magnani, Diritto Sindacale, Giappichelli, Torino, 2021


The students have to consult a a national collective agreement too: it is possible to find collective agreements in:




Erasmus students: the program is completely identical.

For those who have to carry Trade Union Law (9 credits) v.o. it is necessary to make arrangements with the teacher.

Teaching methods

Lectures, in Italian language.

The course will take place through lectures for all the thematic areas referred to under the heading Programs / contents, also taking into account the contribution of the students attending the topics themselves.

Assessment methods

The exam will be held as an interview.

The interview will focus on the topics indicated in the "Program and contents" section.

Students are allowed to integrate the previously indicated program with specific in-depth studies identified directly with the teacher or according to the instructions that will be provided in class.

The evaluation of the test will be carried out taking into consideration:

• knowledge of institutional profiles;

• the ability to analyze the jurisprudential and doctrinal guidelines;

• the ability to make connections between the different parts of the program;

• the ability to develop critical arguments;

• the articulation and accuracy of the explanation.

In particular:

- preparation on a very limited number of topics dealt with in the course and analysis skills that emerges only with the help of the teacher, expression in the overall correct language: 18-19

- preparazione su un numero limitato di argomenti affrontati nel corso e capacità di analisi autonoma solo su questioni puramente esecutive, espressione in linguaggio corretto: 20-24

- preparation on a wide number of topics covered in the course, ability to make independent choices of critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology: 25-29;

- basically exhaustive preparation on the topics covered in the course, ability to make independent choices of critical analysis and connection, full mastery of specific terminology and ability to argue and self-reflection: 30-30L.

Students with disabilities or specific learning disabilities (DSA): the teacher can be contacted to agree alternative and appropriate measures or tools.



Student must take the Constitutional Law, Private Law and Law of Markets and Employment Relationships exams before taking this exam.


Teaching tools


In support of the teaching, the platform can be used
- virtuale.unibo -  for materials used during lessons
- TEAMS for distance learning

It's highly recommended enrollment in the IOL platform

DSA-BES: Students with disabilities or specific learning disabilities -the teacher can be contacted to agree alternative and appropriate measures or tools.

Office hours

See the website of Monica Navilli


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