Updated 31 May 2013 – for most recent news go to: DAVID PETRIE’S BLOG
“Equal citizens, equal treatment, equal rights”
ALLSI: Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy, (founded 1997) is an independent trade union and pressure group which represents non-Italian lecturers working in Italian Universities.
ALLSI has members in the universities of Basilicata, Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Catania, Florence, Genova, Milan, Naples, Naples Fed II, Palermo, Pisa, Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome II, Rome III, Salento, Salerno, Venezia and Verona. ALLSI’s chairman is David Petrie.
On this site you can find information on Italy’s 30 year campaign against non-Italians working in its universities. Italy has been condemned six times in the Court of Justice of the European Union, for illegal discrimination and failure to uphold its Treaty obligations. The European Parliament, on 13 July 1995, at a plenary session in Strasbourg, passed a resolution condemning the University of Verona for abusing the human rights of its non-Italian lecturers.
Further resolutions condemned widespread illegal discrimination based on nationality throughout Italian universities.
There have been thousands of cases heard in Italian domestic courts, hundreds are still pending and other law suits are currently being filed.
What the media say ………….
“The persistent refusal of the Italian university authorities to pay foreign lecturers on the same scale as Italian lecturers, to recognise continuity of employment and their refusal to hold fair competitions for full academic posts have been found to be in breach of European law and are, without doubt, the clearest mass systematic breaches of the treaty.”
The Irish Times, 5 February 1999
“…a clear cut test of Europe’s commitment to labor mobility, which – along with common currency – is key to the success of the EU’s vaunted single market. If teachers from Scotland can’t go to Italy to work, ‘Europe’ won’t be much more than a nice idea.”
The Wall Street Journal , 2 December 1998
“How would you feel if you had been doing your job for several years and then your bosses suddenly say – actually your job isn’t that, we are now going to call it something else and we’re going to pay you 50% less?”
Mark Whitaker, interviewing first secretary Fernando Gentilini at Italy’s permanent mission to the European Union in Brussels BBC File on Four, 3 June 1997
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