The paper investigates from a labour law point of view the economic reality of Gucci and Esaote interfirm network agreements. First, specific labour law needs of these new forms of organization are taken into account. Notably, workers’ mobility within the network, forms of joint-employment, fight against illegal work, protection of the Made-in-Italy. The analysis leads to a critical assessment of the recent 2013 Italian rules concerning the posting of workers within the network and the joint-employment. In fact, these rules appear to be unclear and economic actors are discouraged from taking advantage of them. Last, the paper focuses on the potential of these new forms of organization in terms of flexicurity and fight against illegal work.
Keywords: Interfirm networks; Interfirm network agreement; Gucci; Supply chains; Joint-employment; Posting of workers within the network; Flexicurity; Corporate social responsibility.