Our campaign for fair and equal treatment received a very welcome boost from the UK Prime Minister –
David Cameron: “We will continue to track the case closely and do everything we can to resolve urgently a situation which flouts the core principles of the single market“.
Mr Cameron was responding to a complaint from his constituent Christopher Burchett, from Charlbury West Oxfordshire, who teaches at the State University of Milan. Since 1990, Mr Burchett along with scores of other non-Italian lecturers has constantly been forced to sue for arrears on unpaid wages. His net monthly salary is €1.100 (£960) – Italian lecturers with the same salary grade and increments as Mr Burchett (professore associato tempo definito) are automatically paid €2.208.34 (£1.927) per month. Mr Burchett wrote to Mr Cameron on 8 June 2011 saying that a recent reform, the Gelmini law, “extinguishes the lecturers’ right to seek redress in court … It represents an iniquitous assualt on a citizen’s freedom and if allowed to stand, sets a very ominous precedent, as access to the courts is fundamental to democracy“.
Our warm thanks to Mr Cameron and the UK government for its strong support and commitment to upholding the principle of equal and fair treatment – copy of letter – David Cameron letter 25 July 2011