BRUSSELS – The EU Commission has opened an infringement procedure against Italy (letter of formal notice) for failure to comply with EU rules on the free movement of workers, because “it continues to discriminate against foreign teachers (Readers)” in Italian universities, as they do not have the same salary rights as other colleagues. The problem is the “reconstruction of the careers of foreign teachers” in Italian universities. Italian law makes it possible to adjust the salary, seniority and related social security benefits to those of a researcher with a part-time contract, and gives him the right to reimbursement of the allowance they would have received from the beginning of the employment relationship. However, Italian law requires the signing of a collective agreement. Most universities, according to what is explained, have not signed such a collective agreement, the result is that most of the foreign teachers have not yet received the money they are entitled to. Italy has two months to address the shortcomings identified by the Commission. If not, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.
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September 23, 2021 14:25