According to a recent ruling from the Italian Supreme Court, trade union representatives cannot be subject to disciplinary sanctions if they demand compliance with COVID-19 health and safety rules at the workplace.
In the case ruled on, the Court deemed unlawful the suspension from work of a trade union representative, which occurred after he repeatedly demanded the employer’s compliance with mandatory COVID-19 health and safety rules. According to the Court, the disciplinary sanction was used to intimidate and punish the union representative from performing his duties and frustrating the effectiveness of his activity as a representative of the employees’ interests.
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