Regretably Prof. Enrico Decleva (Chairman of CRUI – Italian University Vice-Chancellors) did not respond to my letter –http://www.allsi.org/allsi_news.html – inviting him to our national meeting in Bologna last Saturday – but word will have got back to him that all is not well at his own university, Milan.
At a recent court hearing a Milan magistrate is reported to have told the university that since so much was at stake – declining dialogue might not be such a good idea.
The CRUI is meeting on 25 March 2010.
Prof. Decleva will no doubt confess to having his own troubles. He will hear from his colleagues of lawyers moving in for payment – in the coming weeks – at the universities of Padova, Venice and Verona.
It is not impossible that the CRUI would enter into dialogue.
In any event its continued silence makes further litigation inevitable.
For this reason I told our members to see their lawyers and sue their universities (again) for the recovery of arrears in unpaid wages plus interest. Look upon it as an investment.
However, being awarded damages, while offering some satisfaction, provides no remedy for the future.
We have set ourselves a deadline of 30 days to provide the European Commission with further information on the 83% of foreign lecturers still being denied fair and equal treatment as already interpreted by the European Court of Justice.
Non-British lecturers, encouraged by the initiative of UK Minister for Europe Chris Bryant, have sent letters to their governments asking for support.
I will keep you posted on how these governments feel about their citizens being denied rights first enshrined over 50 years ago in the Treaty of Rome.