The Author reconstructs the framework of the normative interventions that have followed one another in the last years either in labour legislation or in the system of industrial relations. As far as the former is concerned, the framework highlights the increasing interference of European institutions on national rules, an interference that determines an effect of «oneway » flattening and a uniformity of the pillars of the interventions in the Countries under surveillance. Besides, Italy seems to be caught in a restless urge for reform, which has not managed to tackle the crucial aspects of the system crisis yet, and has ended up engorging some legal institutions. This negative evaluation is tempered if one observes what is happening in the field of industrial relations, since the social partners have decided to intervene on the difficult questions of representation and of subjective enforceability of collective agreements of national and company level. However, the renewed intervention of the social partners will lessen only partly the difficulties faced in reality.
Keywords: Labour Legislation, Reforms, Flexicurity, atypical, temporary and intermittent Jobs, Industrial Relationship, Union Representation, Collective Bargaining
Jel Code: J5; J53; J58; J64