Born Oct. 14, 1921, in the village of Gam-bettola, Forlì Province. Figure in the Italian trade union movement. Graduated with a degree in social sciences from the University of Florence.
Between 1943 and 1945, Lama was active in the Resistance, commanding the 29th Garibaldi Brigade. In 1945 he was elected secretary of the Chamber of Labor of the province of Forlì. He joined the Communist Party in 1946. From 1947 to 1952 he was deputy secretary of the Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL); for a number of years he simultaneously held positions of leadership in branch trade union organizations. He was secretary of the CGIL from 1952 to 1957 and 1960 to 1970. In 1965 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the General Council of the World Federation of Trade Unions. From 1956 to 1974 he was a member of the Central Committee of the Italian Communist Party, and from 1963 to 1970 he was a member of the party leadership. In 1970 he was elected secretary general of the CGIL. He was a deputy to parliament from 1958 to 1970.