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National Collective Agreement for Domestic Workers in Italy

  • Responsible Organisations: Italian Federation of Service, Commerce and Tourism Operators (Fisascat-Cisl) (Trade Union); Italian Federation of Commerce, Tourism and Service Workers (Filcams-Cgil) (Trade Union); Italian Tourism, Commerce and Service Workers' Union (Uiltucs-Uil) (Trade Union); Domestic Employees' Federation (Federcolf) (Trade Union); Italian Employers' Federation of Domestic Labour (Fidaldo) (Employers); National Employers' Association of Domestic Labour (Domina) (Employers)
  • ILO Regions: Europe and Central Asia
  • Country(ies): Italy
  • Thematic areas: Protection; Strengthening workers' and employers' organisations
  • MLFLM: 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.; 2.; 6.
  • Sectors: Domestic work


In 2007, trade unions and employers' organisations in Italy reached consensus on a new national collective agreement for domestic workers, including migrants. The agreement defined a new professional classification for workers, introduced new regulations concerning working hours and provided for safeguards in the event of illness. Salary increases and the codification of rules for pension contributions (0.55 per cent of salary and 1 per cent employer contribution) were also established. Domestic workers were granted the same rights and safeguards concerning maternity coverage as workers in other sectors. The agreement expired in February 2011, and was renewed in 2013. The renewed contract foresees a salary increase, which will be applied progressively over a three-year period, as well as a number of other benefits. These include, among others, the regulation of remuneration for holidays and annual leave; extension of the right to paid leave to undergo training for migrant domestic workers; and the right to leave the house during the mandatory daily two-hour break for live-in workers. The renewed agreement is set to expire in December 2016.


last updated on 06.05.2015^ top