Cooperative work for persons with disabilities: the Italian case in the light of the Sixth Principle of International cooperation

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The paper investigates a specific dimension of “Sustainable Development” within Labour Law, which is identified in the labour inclusion of persons with disabilities. Through an analysis of the Italian case, the reasoning develops by examining critical issues of the unemployment of persons with disabilities. Furthermore, the discussion concerns a legal tool provided for by the Biagi reform (that can potentially be exported beyond national borders), which allows equal opportunities, thanks to investments in social cooperatives. The aim is to reinterpret the model in the light of the Sixth principle of the Statement on the Cooperative Identity (“Cooperation among cooperatives”), identifying how a broader collaboration can be concretely realized, to support the sustainable development of Labour Law.