The first Trade Union Convention (second if you count the constitutive convention), electing Italo Viglianesi as General Secretary was held in Rome on December 6th to 8th 1953. The convention approved the union guidelines to be followed by Uil siding against "the combined offensive of communism and the upper classes". (Also see our history). These were the hard times of the cold war and of the productivity campaign of Marshall’s plan for the reconstruction of Western Europe after the Second World War. The members of the confederation along with Viglianesi were; Bacci, Cariglia, Corti, Raffo, Rossi, Sommovigo and Vanni. From February 9th to 12th 1958 the third National Convention was held in Florence. The final motion of the convention pin pointed how the main problem of the country was the development of new employment opportunities, reform in the economic structure, unity of the Trade Workers, the conditioning of International politics and the development of government participation. The fundamental problem was that of safeguarding the rights of the workers in the years of the economic "boom" but in reality it did not solve the structural imbalances of the country beginning with the north south split. The council elected was made up of Viglianesi, Bacci, Benevento, Corti, Dalla Chiesa, Raffo, Rizzo (substituted later by Gatti), Simoncini & Vanni.
From February 29th to March 4th 1964 in Montecatini, Uil held its fourth National Convention. These are the years of the center/left wing which attempts to give concrete answers to the necessity to resolve the persistent structural imbalances and the slogan for the convention was "Programming Strengthens Union Actions and Guarantees Democratic Efficiency". The convention considered the strengthening of the union’s contractual power prejudicial to the effective progress of the country. The elected concil of the convention was made up of Viglianesi, Benevento, Benvenuto Silvio, Corti, Dalla Chiesa, Raffo, Ravenna, Rossi, Simoncini, Tisselli, & Vanni. Uil’s 5th convention was held in Chianciano from 27 to 31 October 1969, during the so-called "warm autumn" elected Italo Viglianesi President of the National council of Uil, of which the general secretaries were, Lino Ravecca (Psdi), Ruggero Ravenna (Psi) and Raffaele Vanni (Pri). Members of the confederate council were Benevento, Berteletti, Cesare, Dalla Chiesa, Rossi, Simoncini, Sommi, Tisselli and Torda. Uil was reforming it’s structure and renewing itself in order to keep up with the changing society and the work force.
The central committee of 27 October 1971 elected Raffaele Vanni General Secretary of Uil. The members of the council were, Benevento, Berteletti, Bonino, Cesare, Manfron, Muci, Ravecca, Ravenna, Rossi, Simoncini e Torda. On July 24th 1972 Cgil-Cisl-Uil sanctioned the federative pact and the federation made up of Cgil-Cisl-Uil was born.
From 21 to 25 March 1973 the 6th convention was held in Rimini and the theme was "The Unity of Uil for the Unity of the Workers". The convention confronted the debate on the unitary process and elected the confederate council made up of Vanni, Benevento, Berteletti, Manfron, Muci, Querenghi, Ravecca, Ravenna, Rossi, Rufino and Torda. The representatives of Uil in the confederated Trade Unions council were Vanni, Ravecca, Ravenna, Rossi and Ruffino. These were the years of "Pan-unionism" but also the difficult years of terrorism and of tension strategies.
On September 30th 1976, Uil’s central committee elected Giorgio Benvenuto General Secretary. The seventh convention that took place in Bologna from 29 June to 3rd July 1977 confirmed Benevento as General Secretary and elected the following confederate secretaries, Bugli, Buttinelli, Luciani, Manfron, Ravecca, Ravenna, Rossi, Torda, Vanni and Zoni, The slogan from the convention was " Participation of a Union for Unity Betweem Workers, Youth, Women and the Unemployed". The theme for the participation of the union was to lay claim to a moment in time which was essential to the changes taking place in the country.
In Rome from June 10th to 15th 19981, the eighth national convention took place. Uil was laying claim to the passage from antagonism to protagonist and elected the new council made up of Benvenuto, Agostini, Bugli, Della Croce, Galbusera, Izzo, Larizza, Liverani, Luciani, Mattina, Mucciarelli and Sambucini. Uil substantially took the side against the changes made to salary automatism, however, the difficult international ties contributed in determining the risk of an elevated inflation rate and the necessity to adopt a strategy of overall income permitted to confront the problems of the economy in an organic manner. Due to the cut in the "escalator" (a growth in pension over time), and the controversy created by the referendum requested by the Pci for the abolition of self providing caused the dissolution of the Cgil – Cisl – Uil Federation in 1984.
The convention in Florence ( 9th, 26-30 November 1985), marked a new season for Uil. The slogan was significantly " Turn to the New". In this occasion Uil declared itself "the union of the people", giving value to its role even outside of the work place, for the defense of workers rights even when they were not working. Uil had already addressed the important survey on the disorder of the country in which the internal revenue office was one, "I pay taxes do you?". In this way Uil was giving a concrete answer to the problems faced by the unions and put itself forward as one of the forces for a politics of harmony that could bring good results to the country.
Benvenuto was confirmed as leader of Uil as he did at the end of the 10th convention held in Venice from 23 to 28 October 1989.Slogan for the convention was "Making Italy Work", in line with the politics of the peoples union and the role of harmony and participation of the union organization.
In February 1992 Pietro Larizza became General Secretary of Uil. The eleventh national convention (Rome, 3-8 May 1993) had "The Rights of Work and Work for Development" as its slogan and confirmed Larizza as the leader of Uil. During his introductory speech Larizza asked for "a contract for development", a contract "for the reconstruction and enlargement of the productive basis, including all of the sectors that must compete for the development of the "Italy Company". A contract to make Italy work".
From the 4th to the 1998, the twelfth UIL convention was held in Bologna. The significant slogan “….più unionists”. 1024 the delegates participating, 71 international delegates and 66 journalists attended. The convention approved the new flag that went from the traditional red to light blue which was an explicit call to the colours of the Europeans unit (which UIL has always backed). The convention furthermore confirmed Pietro Larizza as the leader of the organisation.
On March 5th, 2000, UIL celebrated it's 50th anniversary. The celebration took place at the Palazzo dei Congressi, in Rome, where the group validated the reasons for which the organization was born. On June 13th the central committee elected Luigi Angeletti General Secretary following the resignation of Pietro Larizza who was hence nominated as President of the CNEL. The new leadership at UIL is as follows:
Angeletti (General Secretary), Musi (assistant Secretary General), Barbagallo, Canapa, Foccillo, Loi, Lotito, Pirani, Santini, Vercesi and Carannante (Treasurers).
From the 3 to 6 march 2002, the thirteenth UIL convention was held in Turin. The significant slogan “More value to the job”.
From the 25 to 28 june 2006, the fourteenth UIL convention was held in Rome. The significant slogan “The job is true wealth of the country”.