Italy's Constitutional Court ruled against the possibility of holding a popular referendum over a key piece of labor reform legislation approved by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government, La Repubblica reported Jan. 11. The ruling, which concerns a provision that makes it cheaper for companies to dismiss workers, comes after the Italian General Confederation of Labor collected enough signatures for a referendum on three pieces of the labor reform. The court ruled that referendums could be held over the two less controversial aspects of the legislation. Unless the government introduces reforms on these issues, a referendum will take place sometime between mid-April and mid-June. That said, the court-approved issues are not as consequential as the provision that makes firings cheaper, and the court's ruling represents a major victory for the Italian government and its ability to introduce economic reforms.