This publication is the result of a project, called "Tuscan enterprises in China and in the Jiangsu Province: a possible dialogue of cooperation between unions", co-financed by the Region in the "PIR 2011 thematic insights” framework. The goal of this research is to provide deeper insights on Italian companies in China and mainly in the Province of Jiangsu, consolidating and qualifying the over ten-year relationship between CGIL Toscana and the JFTU union (Jiangsu Federation of Trade Unions). Tuscany's attention on China is not only determined by the presence of a large and industrious community in the Prato and Florence area but also by the substantial economic interests of Tuscan companies that have decided to take root, through business operations, in the country that has become the point of reference for the world economy for the past 15 years. An example is the Piaggio of Pontedera and the collaborations of the Tuscan universities (in particular Florence and Pisa) with universities and research centers of China and the attention that the Italian business associations (Confindustria, CNA etc.) and Toscana Promozione are dedicating to this country. As is remembered by dr. Franco Bortolotti, the CGIL Tuscany Research Institute (IRES), in collaboration with the Province of Prato, has launched socio-economic research aimed at learning about the evolution and transformations that are taking place in the Tuscan textile district.
University of Udine, Italy
CGIL, Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro, Italy