The heads of the CGIL, CISL, and UIL unions have presented a new five-language handbook to explain the world of work to those with limited Italian skills in the CISL offices in Trento | Photo: ANSA
The heads of the CGIL, CISL, and UIL unions have presented a new five-language handbook to explain the world of work to those with limited Italian skills in the CISL offices in Trento | Photo: ANSA

Unions and migrant rights organizations in northeastern Italy have presented a handbook to explain the "world of work" in a clear and simple manner to both migrants and Italians who struggle with written Italian. The book is available in five languages.

A new handbook presented last week aims to explain the world of work to people in notheastern Italy who struggle with written Italian. 

In a simple and clear manner, it desribes topics such as reading a pay check or the rights and obligations of both employees and employers.

The handbook was presented on July 17 in the headquarters of the Italian trade union CISL. It was made by Centro Astalli and the Arcobaleno cooperative as part of a wider project entitled Unions Without Borders which was initiated a year ago by the trade unions CGIL, CISL and UIL. 

The handbook is available in five languages: Italian, French, Urdu, English and Arabic. It can be picked up free of charge at the immigration offices of CGIL, CISL and UIL as well as at the offices of Centro Astalli and the Arcobaleno cooperative. 

'After job orientation services cut' 

"After the closing of migrant reception projects and cuts to job orientation services by the current provincial town council, we decided that we should take action to fill the gaps left empty," the directors of the CGIL, CISL and UIL offices of the Trentino region said in a statement. 

They said that the labor market has complicated rules that many people are often unaware of. The shared goal of the uinons, the Centro Astalli and the Arcobaleno cooperative is to provide people with simple tools to understand and interact with the local labor market, to "prevent them from being exploited."

858 asylum seekers and refugees in Trentino projects 

Currently, there are 858 asylum seekers and refugees in Trentino reception projects. Many of them, along with those living autonomously in the area, are involved in several different production sectors in the Trentino area, especially agriculture, tourism and construction. 

However, the recent regularization measure introduced by the Conte government remains something that few can make use of, unions said. This is due to the impossibility to apply it to all sectors as well as other limits regarding regulations and eligibility.
 

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