Norton Rose Fulbright advises Synlab in connection with a national company collective bargaining agreement

Press release - Business July 2018

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Synlab, Europe’s largest clinical laboratory service provider, on the negotiation with the National Unions of a company collective bargaining agreement (Contratto Integrativo Aziendale).

Synlab Italia is the most important group in Italy of integrated diagnostics; in Italy it has 9 poly-diagnostic centers, 12 polyclinics, and over 170 sampling points.

The collective bargaining agreement involves 15 companies owned by Synlab Group, with approximately 1500 employees, of which 70 per cent are female.

The agreement includes

  • Bonuses related to welfare activities and company welfare programmes.
  • Extension of protection related to employees' leave, such as: sickness, child’s illness, bereavement, maternity, medical examinations.
  • Measures against sexual harassment and violence at work.
  • Solidarity time-bank permits.
  • Bonuses relating to university and masters enrollment.
  • Birth and adoption bonuses.

The Norton Rose Fulbright team was led by Milan-based partner and head of Italy, Attilio Pavone with assistance from senior associate Giorgio Manca.

Attilio Pavone comments: “This agreement is innovative from a technical point of view, and is the result of a complex negotiation with the national trade union organizations as well as with the company trade union representatives of all the parties involved. The second level bargaining represents an important opportunity for the companies to reconcile the technical and organizational needs with the improvement of the living and working conditions of the employees”.

Andrea Rube, Head of HR & Organization at Synlab Italia, comments: “This agreement is the result of a long and fruitful work, and starts from Synlab's desire to focus on some of the main needs of employees such as work-life balance, health, incentives for knowledge trainings and professional growth”.