The topic of this article is the phenomenon of suicide occurred frequently during the economic crisis of 2008. This phenomenon has got a wide media coverage. Inspired by the thought of Durkheim, the questions discussed is about the possibility to contain this phenomenon. In the first paragraph we will examine the Durkheim’s issue of suicide because of economic reasons as anomic suicide. In the second paragraph we will draft Durkheim’s idea of occupational association (corporations) which have the function to develop solidarity within the occupational groups. In the third paragraph we will examine the current presence and function of bilateral associations (enti bilaterali). They are an alternative model of industrial relations interesting small sized enterprises and their workers. We will briefly explain their tasks, composition and function. In the fourth paragraph we will try to make a comparison between the Durkheim’s occupational associations and the current ones. We will check whether it is possible to organize bilateral associations to protect social cohesion, or to restore it, in the belief, according to Durkheim, that his failure is the reason why many people commit suicide.
Keywords: Market labour reform in Italy, social development, Unemployment