Italian General Confederation of Labour

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Full name Italian General Confederation of Labour
Native name Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro
Founded June, 1944
Members 5,734,855 (2008)
Country Italy
Affiliation ITUC, ETUC, TUAC
Key people Susanna Camusso, secretary general
Office location Rome, Italy

The Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) is a national trade union centre in Italy. It was formed by agreement between socialists, communists, and Christian democrats in the "Pact of Rome" of June 1944. But in 1950, socialists and Christian democrats split forming UIL and CISL, and since then the CGIL has been influenced by the Communist Party (PCI).

It has been the most important Italian trade union since its creation. It has a membership of over 5.5 million.

The CGIL is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation and the European Trade Union Confederation, and is a member of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.


General secretaries

  • 1944-1957 Giuseppe Di Vittorio
  • 1957-1970 Agostino Novella
  • 1970-1986 Luciano Lama
  • 1986-1988 Antonio Pizzinato
  • 1988-1994 Bruno Trentin
  • 1994-2002 Sergio Cofferati
  • 2002-2010 Guglielmo Epifani
  • 2010-        Susanna Camusso

Affiliated union federations

FIOM Federazione Impiegati Operai Metallurgici (Metalworkers)
SPI Sindacato Pensionati Italiani (Pensioners)
FLAI Federazione Lavoratori dell'Agro-Industria (Farmworkers)
FILLEA Federazione Italiana dei Lavoratori del Legno, dell'Edilizia, Industrie affini ed Estrattive
FILT Federazione Italiana Lavoratori Trasporti (Transport)
FILTEA Federazione Italiana Lavoratori Tessili e Abbigliamento (Fabric trade)
FILCEM Federazione dei Lavoratori della Chimica, dell'Energia e delle Manifatture (Chemical, Energy, and manufacturing).
FILCAMS Federazione Italiana Lavoratori Commercio, Albergo, Mensa e Servizi
FISAC Federazione Italiana Sindacale Lavoratori Assicurazione e Credito (Insurance and Credit)
NIDIL Nuove Identità di Lavoro
SLC Sindacato Lavoratori Comunicazione (Communications)
FLC Federazione dei Lavoratori della Conoscenza
FP Federazione dei Lavoratori della Funzione Pubblica (Public sector workers)

Formally Associated Bodies

Auser Autogestione servizi SPI associacion for the self-employed
SUNIA Sindacato Unitario Inquilini e Assegnatari
Federconsumatori Consumer federation
UdS Unione degli Studenti, Secondary school student union
UdU Unione degli universitari, University Student Union
ReDS Rete degli studenti, Secondary school student union.


  • ICTUR et al.,, ed (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7. 

External links

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