Politics and Ideology in the Italian Workers' Movement: Union Development and the Changing Role of the Catholic and Communist Subcultures in Postwar Italy

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Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Acli (Associazioni cristiane dei lavoratori italiani) Catholic Associations of Italian Workers. A non-union organization for promoting the study, development and application of Catholic social teaching in the world of labour.
AFL American Federation of Labor. Joined with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1955 to form AFL-CIO.
Alleanza Nazionale. National Alliance. From 1994, new name of the former neo-fascist Msi. Under the leadership of Gianfranco Fini, part of the victorious right-wing alliance at the national elections of March 1994.
Asap (Associazione sindacale per le aziende petrolchimiche) Employers' association for petrochemical companies within the Eni branch of the state-holding sector.
assemblearismo Term used to denote the tendency in some sections of the sindacato to rely too heavily on rank-and-file or assembly forms of decision-making to the detriment of executive functions. See also movimentismo.
associazionismo The tendency to give priority, in negotiations with employers, to the interests of members of the union rather than to the workforce as a whole. The more implacable proponents of this view argue that only members of unions should enjoy the benefits of such negotiations. This tendency has been in constant tension with the predominantly 'class' orientation of some unions.
aziendalismo The tendency to focus exclusively on the short-term objectives of, or gains from, plant-level bargaining.
bargaining levels For the major bargaining levels, see under interconfederate bargaining; national industry bargaining; plant-level bargaining; provincial bargaining.
bracciante Agricultural worker on a wage; day labourer.
Camera del lavoro Chamber of labour. The Cgil's confederate structure at territorial (horizontal) level, incorporating the industrial or category federations at this level. The Camera del lavoro remained with the communist/socialist Cgil after the secessions which began in 1948. The Cisl and the Uil formed their own territorial structures thereafter (see under Unione sindacale and Camera sindacale).
Camera sindacale Chamber of labour. The Uil's confederate

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