Association of Vatican Lay Workers

Full nameAssociation of Vatican Lay Workers
Native nameAssociazione Dipendenti Laici Vaticani
Key peopleAlessandro Candi, general secretary
CountryVatican City

The Association of Vatican Lay Workers (Italian: Associazione Dipendenti Laici Vaticani; ADLV) is the sole trade union in Vatican City.

The ADLV was formed in 1985. The first ever strike in the Vatican was organized by the ADLV in 1988. In 1992 the union organised a successful mass resignation campaign to protest against the absence of pensions for workers. Vatican authorities formally recognised the ADLV in 1993 [1]

The ADLV is affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation.[2]


  1. ^ Trade unions of the world. Blackburn, Daniel, Cross, Ciaran, International Centre for Trade Union Rights (7th ed.). London. 2016. ISBN 978-0-9933556-0-8. OCLC 953422330.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "International Trade Union Organization - List of Affiliated Organisations" (PDF). ITUC. November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.