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The relevance of the Italian workers’ model in the struggle for health at work today
European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
Bd du Roi Albert II, 5
1210 Brussels, Belgium
The “Italian workers’ model” refers to a set of practices and analyses that has deeply modified the traditional approach to occupational health and safety from the beginning of the 1960s onwards. While it was originated by workers’ mobilizations in large corporations, the experience also put into question the different specialized disciplines which intervene in health and safety at work. If the world of work has deeply changed, some crucial elements of the Italian workers’ model allow us to tackle today’s challenges in occupational health and safety. A critical balance also helps to identify some limitations or neglected dimensions.