General Labour Union (Italy)

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Full name General Labour Union
Native name Unione Generale del Lavoro
Founded 1950
Affiliation ITUC
Key people Giovanni Centrella, general secretary;
Office location Rome, Italy
Country Italy

The General Labour Union (Unione Generale del Lavoro, UGL) is a national trade union center in Italy. It is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation. It is very closely associated to the neo-Fascist party Italian Social Movement (Movimento sociale italiano; MSI), which was dissolved into the National Alliance (Alleanza Nazionale; AN) in 1995.

The UGL was founded as the National Italian Workers' Union (Confederazione Italiana dei Sindacati Nazionali dei Lavoratori; CISNAL) by Gianni Roberto. The goal of the CISNAL was to fight the Italian General Confederation of Labour, which was at the time controlled by communists as well as the Italian Labour Union and the Italian Confederation of Workers' Trade Unions, which both split from it in 1950. The UGL cooperates with employers (especially owners of large estates in Mezzogiorno) to find workers, which were either not organized in any union or only in the UGL.[citation needed]


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