Association of Vatican Lay Workers

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Full nameAssociation of Vatican Lay Workers
Native nameAssociazione Dipendenti Laici Vaticani
CountryVatican City

The Association of Vatican Lay Workers (Italian: Associazione Dipendenti Laici Vaticani; ADLV) is the sole trade union in Vatican City. It represents the majority of the 3,000 employees who work in the city state, making the Vatican the world's most unionized country.

The ADLV was formed in 1985 and was recognized by the Vatican authorities in 1993. The first ever strike in the Vatican was organized by the ADLV in 1988.

The ADLV is affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation.

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  • ICTUR et al.,, ed. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)