Sir Alan Duncan UK committed to ending Lettori discrimination

The Italian Insider, LONDON 5 March 2017 ….

UK ‘committed’ to end Lettori discrimination, Duncan says

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Financial Times: Italy has a history of discrimination – Brexit

Samantha Wernham, writing today in The Italian Insider, reports on our letter to David Davis MP, Minister for Brexit.

UK Minister for Brexit urged to intervene in lettori struggle

In a letter to the Financial Times published as long ago as 12 February 2009, I warned of Italy’s double standards: See text below and link.

Italy has a history of discrimination

From Mr David Petrie.

Sir, Fearful of strikes against Italian workers exercising their rights to equal treatment, Emma Marcegaglia, chairman of Confindustria, the Italian employers association, warns against “each country folding in on itself and forgetting the freedoms of the single market” (“Britain must not go wobbly on the free market”, February 10).

Italy provides the best example of legally proven mass systematic discrimination based on nationality in the history of the European Union. In up to 20 Italian universities, hundreds of non-Italian lecturers from all over the EU have been denied single market rights over the past 20 years. Over that period, six judgments have come out in favour of the foreign lecturers in the European Court of Justice.

Italian universities, bankrolled by their paymasters in the Italian state, continue to force hundreds of non-Italian lecturers into the labyrinth of the Italian legal system to seek minimum pay levels already established by law, increments for years of service, access to employment and their pensions. If Ms Marcegaglia feels Britain is in danger of going wobbly on the free market, how would she describe Italy’s position?

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/04b83350-f8a6-11dd-aae8-000077b07658.html?ft_site=falcon&desktop=true#axzz4Y0CI4HQx

Since then, Italy, in December 2010 enacted the so-called Gelmini law that came into  force 6 years – a law which targets British and other non-Italian workers, cutting salaries and blocking access to domestic courts.

A race law.

 

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UK lecturers in Italy petition Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, 31 January 2017

UK lecturers in Italy petition Sir Alan Duncan, MP Minister for Europe, 31 January 2017 … link to PDF 

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UK MPs meet lettori in House of Commons – Early Day Motion Deirdre Brock

I thank my constituency MP Deidre Brock for tabling an Early Day Motion in the House commons where she met along my colleague, Robert Coates with his constituency MP Roger Mullen. Mr Coates has had of his court cases wiped out in application of the Gelmini law.

David Petrie, Deidre Brock MP, Roger Mullin MP and Robbie Coates Portcullis House London

David Petrie, Deidre Brock MP, Roger Mullin MP and Robbie Coates Portcullis House London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP met with his constituent Judith Evans to hear first hand evidence of her wages being slashed at the University of Bergamo.Judith Evans & Nick Thomas-Symonds MP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David T C Davies MP also met with his constituent, Tim Longford, Catania University, where salaries were cut by almost 50%.

We were also met by Andrew Bridgen MP who kindly gave us a tour of the House of Commons and a bit of a history, well peppered with pithy comments- we thank him warmly for his constant support.

David Petrie, Andrew Bridgen MP and Robert Coates - Westminster Hall

David Petrie, Andrew Bridgen MP and Robert Coates – Westminster Hall

Text of EDM here:

https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/886

See also The Italian Insider 1 February 2017

Italy ‘working to solve’ lettori issue, Embassy says

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Stop kicking the can down the road, Jude Kirton-Darling MEP tells European Commission

As we approach the 6th anniversary of  “Gelmini”- Italy’s race law – see article on Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Petitions Committee, European Parliament

The Italian Insider, 27 Jan 07

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The Italian Insider – conference – Brexit – Rome – Petrie

The Italian Insider, 19 January 2017

Prof. Petrie talks Brexit at PWA conference

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Rome conference Brexit Professional Women’s Association

The Italian Insider – Conference in Rome on 18 January 2017 at 19.30 Grand Hotel Palace Rome

PWA January Conference: Prof. Petrie to talk on Brexit

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The Italian Insider British Ambassador Brexit and Italy

We are grateful to the British Ambassador to Rome, Jill Morris, for making a public statement on the lettori case, Ambassador upbeat on post-Brefit UK-Italy ties

David Petrie with HM AMBASSADOR to ROME, 28 November 2016

David Petrie with HM AMBASSADOR to ROME, 28 November 2016

 

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Parity in Europe: Letter The Times 14 December 2016

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Parity in Europe 14 Dec 2016 The Times

 

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“Cherry picking” in the EU – “Gelmini” Italy’s race law

The BBC, 6 November 2016, quoted Michel Barnier, Commissioner for the single market, (2010-14) and now chief negotiator for Brexit as saying “The single market and its four freedoms are indivisible. Cherry picking is not an option.” Brexit: EU negotiator says ‘time’s short’ for reaching deal

“You can’t have your cake and eat it “ was the other cliché being rolled out.

But you can.

Infringing regulations you have signed up to is always lamentable – but this is at its very worst when these regulations have been ruled upon by a Supreme Court.

6 times condemned in the Court of Justice of the European Union for infringing EU single market rules with regard to lettori, Italy’s response;

The Gelmini law n. 240 of 2010, article 26, which came into force on 28 January 2011.

This race law applies to non-Italian workers – it extinguishes the court cases of lettori seeking application of the 6 CJEU rulings.

This law closes down the right of the applicants to have their claims for compensation assessed in a domestic court of law.

To be fair, some Italian judges have refused to apply Gelmini

The then President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, questioned its constitutional legitimacy before promulgating Gelmini.

Expert opinion on Gelmini:

Peter Ferguson QC. “An astonishing statutory provision. If other Member States follow Italy’s example, the European project and more importantly, the rule of law are endangered”

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Professor Brad K Blitz “ …in conflict with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights … undermines the primacy of EU law”.

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Professor Brad Blitz

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Noreen Burrows OBE “…has the potential to undermine the authority of the European Court of Justice by appearing to allow Member States to reinterpret the decisions of the Court to suit their purpose of perpetuating discrimination”.

Professor Noreen Burrows OBE

Professor Noreen Burrows OBE

Countdown to the 6th anniversary of the Gelmini race law coming into force … 72 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President of European Council addressed over lettori rights

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The Insider reports, 1 December 2016 on Gelmini race law  President of European Council addressed over lettori rights

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Donald Tusk letter to Michael Tomlinson MP Brexit to blame for EU citizens’ insecurity

Just back from Rome and a meeting with HM Ambassador to Rome, Ms Jill Morris to find The Guardian reporting that: Donald Tusk blames British voters for expats’ EU uncertainty.  

This requires a response.

Mr Tusk wrote to Justin Tomlinson MP  and a group of UK parliamentarians  – letter here tusk-letter-to-uk-parliamentarians-29-nov-2016

I have written to Mr Tusk –  text of my letter is below and PDF here : tusk-30-november-2

Mr Donald Tusk

President of the European Council

Cc: Mr Justin Tomlinson MP

UK Parliamentarians

Re: Your letter to the UK parliamentarians on the status of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens living and working in Europe

Dear Mr Tusk,

On 2 December 1998 The Wall Street Journal’s lead story commented on the case of foreign lecturers “lettori” working in Italian Universities  “…a clear cut test of Europe’s commitment to labor mobility, which – along with a common currency – is key to the success of the EU’s vaunted single market.”

On 5 February 1999, The Irish Times wrote: “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.

After 30 years litigation in Italian Courts and six favourable judgments in the EJEU the illegal discrimination persists.

In an attempt to have our Treaty rights, as interpreted by the CJEU, implemented in Italy we are obstructed by the so-called Gelmini law that “extinguishes” our court cases, wiping away the fundamental right of citizens to have the merits of their cases heard and adjudicated in a court of law[i].

Our warm thanks are due to UK parliamentarians and UK governments, both pre and post Brexit; The UK has been singularly assiduous in seeking fair and equal treatment for all EU lettori working in Italian Universities.

Our thanks are also due to the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions which has been supporting us since 1993.

On 26 January 2011 we lodged a complaint with the European Commission, concerning Gelmini. The Commission services are investigating.

30 December 2016 marks the 6th anniversary the Italian government’s passing of Gelmini

This coincides with you leaving office as President of the Council, we ask if you could kindly make a gesture by ensuring that Gelmini is put on the agenda of the Council before your departure.We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

David Petrie

Chairman

[i] Expert opinion on Art 26 of Gelmini: Peter Ferguson QC. “An astonishing statutory provision. If other Member States follow Italy’s example, the European project and more importantly, the rule of law are endangered”

Professor Brad K Blitz “ …in conflict with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights … undermines the primacy of EU law”.

Professor Noreen Burrows OBE “…has the potential to undermine the authority of the European Court of Justice by appearing to allow Member States to reinterpret the decisions of the Court to suit their purpose of perpetuating discrimination”.


David Petrie with HM AMBASSADOR to ROME, 28 November 2016

David Petrie with HM AMBASSADOR to ROME, 28 November 2016

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Lettori ask EU to compensate Italy discrimination Courts of Appeal Catania & Rome

The Italian Insider 23 Nov 16 Lettori ask EU to compensate

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The Independent, Boris Johnson – free movement “myth or reality”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-boris-johnson-freedom-of-movement-myth-immigration-eu-uk-a7419026.html

See also my comment n. 564

 

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EL Gazette – Brexiting UK seeks to resolve lettori story

Our thanks are due to the UK PM, Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

EL Gazette, November 2016 Brexiting UK seeks to resolve lettori story

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Italian Insider: Sir Alan Duncan, lettori, “unacceptable discrimination”

The Italian Insider, 12 November 2016

Discrimination of lettori ‘unacceptable’ UK minister says.

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The Italian Insider 3 November 2016: Italy education spending bonanza swizzles UK lettori

Italy education spending bonanza swizzles UK lettori

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University of Verona: King’s College lecturer victim of nepotism

 

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The Italian Insider reports, 26 October 2016

King’s College lecturer victim of Italian university nepotism

Video in italiano Le Iene  mediaset pecoraro cervello in fuga

This takes us back more than 2 decades when 3 British lecturers (lettori) were excluded from selection process at Verona university; Their exclusion was deemed illegitimate by the European Court of Justice in conjunction with the Venice Regional Tribunal.

The University of Verona was condemned for abuse of human rights at a plenary session of the European Parliament, 13-july-1995, concerning its treatment of lettori. Text on European Parliament site PDF at page 63. LINK

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/omk/omnsapir.so/calendar?APP=PV2&PRG=CALEND&LANGUE=EN&TPV=DEF&FILE=950713

 

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The Italian Insider – Front page & Editorial: Renzi owes lettori justice

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Editorial comment:

24 October 2016: Renzi owes lettori Justice

UK wants early resolution of lettori plight

See also, print edition, front page story & editorial in PDF: 

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The Italian Insider: UK wants early resolution of Lettori plight

UK wants early resolution to Lettori plight…

2 October 2016

http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/4388

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The Italian Insider: Johnson urges Italy to act on lettori

17 September 2017  LINK to article:     Johnson urges Italy to act on lettori


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Boris Johnson calls for progress on British lecturers in Italian Universities

La Repubblica, 16.09.16,  par 4. “ …Tra gli argomenti d’interesse per Londra ci sono anche i lettori d’inglese nelle nostre università, non sempre pagati troppo bene: sulla questione, ha auspicato Johnson, si potrà forse fare qualche passo avanti nella prossima legge di Stabilità che verrà discussa a Roma da qui a fine anno.”

The issue is not  “non sempre pagati troppo bene” … the issue is equal pay with Italian workers as decided by the European Court of Justice in 6 judgments.

See full article La Repubblica, 12 September 2016

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ALLSI thanks David Lidington MP, Leader of the House of Commons

Our thanks and best wishes to David Lidington, Leader of the House of Commons

LINK:   David Lidington MP, Leader of the House

David Petrie with Minister David Lidington Foreign and Commonwealth Office London 28 November 2013

David Petrie with Minister David Lidington Foreign and Commonwealth Office London 28 November 2013

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Andrew Bridgen MP, The Italian Insider: Brexit, Italy’s discrimination against British Lecturers

ANDREW BRIDGEN CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO USE BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS TO RESOLVE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FOREIGN LECTURERS AT ITALIAN UNIVERSITIES

Andrew Bridgen VIDEO – House of Commons Hansard 14 July 2016

Will Brexit secure rights for the Lettori   15 July 2016

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MPs protest discrimination of UK lecturers in Italy

Our warm thanks to Roger Mullin MP for tabling this motion in the House of Commons
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The Italian Insider 24 May 2016

MPs protest discrimination of UK lecturers in Italy

 

 

24 May 2016

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Arrivano i riconoscimenti per guru mediatico Jim Innes / Tributes flow for media guru Jim Innes

Tributes flow for media guru Jim Innes –   Arrivano i riconoscimenti per guru mediatico Jim Innes/The Italian Insider – with translation in Italian

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Tributes for death of media guru Jim Innes

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 *Arrivano i riconoscimenti per guru mediatico Jim Innes

ROME – Numerosi riconoscimenti sono pervenuti in seguito alla morte, all’età di 69 anni, di Jim Innes, un guru mediatico molto rispettato, frequente visitatore dell’Italia e consulente pro bono per il suo amico di lunga data David Petrie,  presidente dell’Association of Foreign Lecturers In Italy.

Nato a Glasgow, si è laureato in storia moderna presso l’Università di Dundee nel 1972 e, insieme a Brian Wilson, fu uno dei fondatori del giornale radicale The West Highland Free Press.

Wilson, ministro nel governo di Tony Blair, lo ha definito “un uomo che rendeva la vita più intensa a chiunque lo conoscesse e che sapeva la differenza tra effettuare un vero cambiamento e solo parlarne”.

Alasdair Campbell, ex consulente mediatico di Tony Blair, ha detto “La Scozia e il partito laburista scozzese hanno perso uno dei migliori”, mentre Adam Boulton del canale televisivo Scottish Television lo ha definito “uno dei migliori consulenti stampa e uno dei migliori esseri umani”.

Figura di spicco nella campagna elettorale dei laburisti del Regno Unito del 1983, ha pubblicato un diario in cui criticava spietatamente il loro approccio dilettante. Gli esperti mediatici considerano il diario come un manuale di come NON gestire una campagna elettorale. Come sempre, rinunciando alla fama e rivolgendosi anzitutto ai suoi colleghi, il sig. Innes ha pubblicato il diario in The Journalist – quando qualsiasi giornale nazionale avrebbe pagato una grande somma per i diritti di pubblicazione.

Mai interessato alla carriera politica, intellettualmente influenzato dall’esperto di comunicazioni canadese Marshall McLuhan, il sig. Innes trovava più gratificante agire dietro le quinte.

Nelle parole del Prof. Petrie, “Jim è stato un ottimo insegnante e guida, dandoci preziosi consigli durante le conferenze a Bologna, a Verona e al Parlamento Europeo. Sommo professionista, esigeva la professionalità anche da chi gli stava intorno e era molto critico di quell’ala infantile della sinistra contenta di perdere tutto piuttosto che conseguire qualche obbiettivo realistico.

Durante un’assemblea all’Aia, passai una nota a Peter (ora Lord) Mandelson invitandolo a prendere un caffè con noi. Quando gli dissi che Jim era il nostro consulente, Mandelson fece una risata e sorridente disse: ‘Siete in mani sicurissime’.

I colleghi in tutta l’Italia hanno beneficiato del contributo di quest’uomo aperto, spiritoso e sagace, amato dagli amici e rispettato dagli avversari politici.”

Il sig. Innes è morto presso la sua abitazione nel Perthshire, Scozia, dopo una breve lotta contro il cancro. Lascia la moglie Rhoda e i figli Bess e Alick.

Jim Innes in Rome

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Educating Italy The Italian Insider editorial

The Italian Insider, print edition January-February 2016 Fight for lettori intensifies & Educating Italy, Insider editorial, PDF

Educating Italy

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Fight against Italian ‘lettori’ intensifies

The Italian Insider 22 January 2016, Fight against Italian ‘lettori’ intensifieslogo

http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node
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Fight against Italian ‘lettori’ discrimination intensifies | www.italianinsider.it

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Letter Telegraph: Italy leap-frogs Treaty undermining supremacy of EU law

16 December 2015

Telegraph – Italy leap-frogs treaty undermining supremacy of EU law

In PDF Coates letter Telegraph

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The Guardian letter 12.11.15: Proper debate needed on UK’s place in Europe

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letter number 6 – Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy – ALLSI

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/12/proper-debate-needed-on-uks-place-in-europe

In PDF:

The Guardian“Proper debate needed on UK’s place in Europe | Letters | Politics | The Guardian”

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Jude Kirton-Darling “Start proceedings against Italy” UK MEP tells EU Commissioner Thyssen

“Start proceedings against Italy” UK MEP tells Thyssen

http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/3357

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PRESS RELEASE – Jude Kirton-Darling MEP asks Marianne Thyssen the Commissioner Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion to act on quashing of citizens rights – Italy – Brescia Court of Appeal

“We cannot have a situation where a Member State chooses to reinterpret EU law to suit its own needs.”

PRESS RELEASE

http://www.northeastlabour.eu/brescia-court-appeal-quashes-lettori-cases-european-commission-must-act

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Brescia Court of Appeal denies fundamental rights of 3 non-Italian lecturers – The Italian Insider

The Italian Insider reports on 3 lecturers – University of Brescia – whose court cases were extinguished by The Brescia Court of Appeal – denying the plaintiffs access to justice in breach of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Article 45 of the Treaty.

Link: http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/3344

We have appealed to the European Parliament, Petitions Committee to intervene, see letter below:

Cecilia Wikström MP

 

 

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The Italian Insider: Countdown to end Italy’s lettori shame

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25 September 2015   Countdown to end Italy’s 35 year lettori shame

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The Italian Insider – UK MP asks London …

UK MP asks London to act on lettori on Pontignano eve – See more at: http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/3221#sthash.2heHnnpd.dpuf

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Andrew Bridgen MP – House of Commons – 17 September 2015

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Thursday 17 September 2015

The House met at half-past Nine o’clock

 

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con): For several years I have been raising the issue of discrimination against the lettori, foreign lecturers in Italian universities. Despite the best efforts of consecutive United Kingdom Governments and our ambassadors in Rome, the issue remains unresolved. Next month, the Pontignano conference will bring UK and Italian officials together. May we have a statement from the Government on what we can do to ensure that this 35-year injustice is brought to an end immediately?

Chris Grayling: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for his assiduousness in pursuing the issue. I sometimes wish that those in Brussels would pay attention to and sort out problems that are extant, rather than simply continuing to seek more powers for themselves.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2015-09-17a.1189.0&s=speaker%3A24741#g1202.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Italian Insider: MEPs slam lettori whitewash

MEPs slam lettori whitewash The Italian Insider March 15 pdf

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The Italian Insider – review – John Hooper – The Italians

John Hooper writes for The Guardian in Rome – his book The Italians is reviewed by Nick Bruno for The Italian Insider:

The Italian Insider – Nick Bruno reviews John Hooper’s The Italians

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At Chapter 15, Restrictive Practices, pp.221-222 comments on the lettori case: 

For an example of a “mafia” that remains tenaciously protective (and protectionist) as ever, you need to turn away from the worlds of finance and industry to that of higher education. Italy’s universities are among the last great bastions in Italian society of patronage (and a fair number of restrictive practices). Take the case of the  lettori. When I first came to Italy as a correspondent in 1994, it was already an old story. Twenty years later, it has still not been resolved.

Lettori are non-Italian university lecturers who teach a foreign-language in their mother tongue. Back in the 1980s the lettori began to lobby for pay and conditions comparable to those of Italian lecturers. But that would have meant giving them open-ended contracts. Those who campaigned on their behalf believe that the last thing most of the so-called baroni – tenured full professors – wanted was to give security of employment to a bunch of foreigners who might challenge the way things were done in Italian universities.

In 1995, under growing pressure from the European Commission, the Italian government of the day changed the law. It reclassified the lettori not as teachers, but as technicians. Those who refused to accept their new status were sacked (though most were subsequently reinstated at the insistence of the courts). Among other things, the reclassification of the lettori has meant that they can no longer set or mark exams. That now has to be done by an Italian who, except in very rare cases, does not have the same proficiency in the language as the lettori who, in fact if not in law, have taught the students being examined.

Ever since the mid-1990s those who were dismissed (or who accepted the 1995 terms while reserving the right to contest them) have campaigned for the back pay they believe is their due for the period which – it is acknowledged by all sides – they were teachers and not technicians. Over the years the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as ruled six times in their favour, accepting their contention that Italy’s treatment of them constituted discrimination on grounds of nationality. On several occasions the Rome government has changed the law in the semblance of an effort to meet the ECJ’s demands. But few of the lettori have ever been compensated. In 2010 a law was brought in that simply declared null and void the cases in which the lettori were suing universities for compensation and led to about half of them having their salaries cut – in extreme cases, by as much as 60 per cent.
All of this may help to explain why Italians sometimes use a phrase that baffles foreigners, telling them with a shrug: Siamo tutti un po’ Mafiosi (‘We’re all a bit mafia-like). The son of Bernardo Provenzano, the last undisputed capo di tutti capi of the Sicilian mafia, said something like it after his father was arrested in 2006 at the end of an unprecedented forty-three years on the run. The then thirty-year-old Angelo Provenzano was being interviewed by a reporter from La Repubblica. ‘The Mafia’, he said, ‘follows from mafiosita’, which is not solely and exclusively Sicilian behavior.’

 

 

 

 

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UK turns up heat over lettori – The Italian Insider

The Italian Insider, 12 January 2015 reports: UK turns up heat over lettori

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Petitions Committee European Parliament – 1 Dec 14 – Foreign Lecturers in Italy – Discrimination Video

See like to the entire hearing of Petitions Committee of the European Parliament 1 December 2014 – Foreign Lecturers in Italian Universities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiNq8gSbEd8&feature=youtu.be

Press Articles on the hearing:  1) Europolitics 3 December 2014: MEPs criticise Commission handling of lettori case.  2) The Italian Insider, 1 December 2014 ” Lettori case ‘an embarrassment to the EU” 3) Europolitics, 29 November 2014 Lettori accuse Commission of major legal error.

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European Parliament unites on lettori petition

My warm thanks to the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee for its unanimous backing of our petition.

On behalf of ALLSI I made a broad appeal to the deputies – irrespective of their pro-european or eurosceptic views – to support the basic principle, that contracting workers, wherever they be and under whatever laws govern them – deserve to be paid their wages.

British deputy Jude Kirton-DARLING MEP (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats)  received us in her office in the European Parliament before leading the Petitions Committee in an appeal to reject the European Commission’s call for the petition – one of the most longstanding petitions in the history of the EU – to be closed.

She stressed the importance of free movement – and said she found it unacceptable that a member state should think it can flout EU over mere budgetary concerns.

My thanks also Polish deputy Jarowslow WAŁĘSA MEP European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), who said that he had come to the meeting with the intention closing down the petition – but having heard our submissions and that of Commission lawyer – he changed his mind, saying, the Commission has clearly “not done its homework”.

Swedish deputy and Committee chair Cecilia WIKSTRÖM MEP (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe)  pushed the Commission to report back to the Petitions Committee “very soon”…. she stressed that she did not want to create a split between Commission and Parliament, but this case, she forcefully told the Commission  “had gone far too far even for my calm Swedish iceberg attitude”.

David Petrie briefing Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Brussels 1 December 2014

David Petrie briefing Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Brussels 1 December 2014

 

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Europolitics 29 November n 4983 “Lettori accuse Commission of major legal error”

Europolitics 29 November n 4983 “Lettori accuse Commission of major legal error” LINK to PDF Europolitics 29 November 14

I will demonstrate to members of the European Parliament’ Petitions Committee how the Commission’s Employment services  misrepresented the European Court of Justice in a major legal error –  EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT  RUE WIERTZ 60 Monday 1 December 15.30 room ASPA3E -2
The Committee proceedings can also be followed as a webcast via European Parliament streaming over the following link:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/homeCom.do?language=EN&body=PETI  either live or deferred as of the following day.

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Free movement of workers: European Parliament Petitions Committee 1 Dec. 14 – MEPs to be shown how Commission opinion on lettori is based on “a gross misrepresentation of facts”

I will be giving evidence to the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels circa 15.30 on Monday 1 December. ALLSI lawyer, I will focus on a letter written by our lawyer,  Professor Avvocato Lorenzo Picotti (who successfully pleaded 2 lettori cases in the ECJ), on 24 November. The letter is addressed to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking that a he revokes a letter written by Employment Services chief Armindo Silva – which “ignores the decisive fact” on which the European Court of Justice based its judgment on the legitimacy of Italian law 63 of 2004.

See The Italian Insider report of 27 November, Brussels legal boob gives Lettori hope

Please note that the Committee proceedings can  be followed as a webcast via European Parliament streaming over the following link:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/homeCom.do?language=EN&body=PETI   – either live or deferred as of the following day.

 

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William Hague “UK ambassador, Rome seeks Ministerial Meeting” – UK lecturers in Italy

 

We are grateful to Andrew Bridgen MP for raising the lettori case in the UK Parliament with the Leader of the House, William Hague

http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/2541

 

 

 

 

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Bernard Jenkin’s challenge …politics or law in EU?

Bernard Jenkin MP cited by the BBC today:

Tory backbencher Bernard Jenkin suggested Parliament could pass a law introducing a cap on EU migration by the end of the year and the issue would then be a political rather than a legal one”.

Full report at  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-29684585

Bernard Jenkin MP

Bernard Jenkin MP

Does this  sound familiar? It does to the hundreds of British lecturers suffering illegal discrimination in Italian Universities.

Thirty years in court, 6 judgments of the ECJ – and still no remedy.

The Commission cannot or will not solve this problem.

Disliking the ECJ judgments – Italy passed the so-called Gelmini law (Article 26 of law 240, 30 December 2010) … which re-interprets judgments of the ECJ and extinguishes legal cases before domestic courts. Unheard of in post-war Europe.

Rather than tackle Italy, a founder member of the EU, bounces the problem by back to the Italian authorities.

Europe Minister  David Lidington has consistently condemned Italy’s behavior in this case as “illegal and immoral”.

David Petrie with Minister David Lidington Foreign and Commonwealth Office London 28 November 2013

David Petrie with Minister David Lidington Foreign and Commonwealth Office London 28 November 2013

If Italy can pass laws to undo the Treaty and indeed judgments the ECJ itself … why wouldn’t Britain do the same … pass laws and kick the legal questions into the long grass for 30 years?

 See expert opinions on  Gelmini law, below – which I cited in the European Parliament,  on 25 November 2013:

 Peter Ferguson Q.C. “An astonishing statutory provision. If other Member States follow Italy’s example, the European project and more importantly, the rule of law are endangered”

Professor Brad K Blitz “ …in conflict with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights … undermines the primacy of EU law”.

Professor Noreen Burrows OBE “…has the potential to undermine the authority of the European Court of Justice by appearing to allow Member States to reinterpret the decisions of the Court to suit their purpose of perpetuating discrimination.

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House of Commons 16 October 2014 Andrew Bridgen – William Hague

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141016/debtext/141016-0001.htm#14101661000003

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con): I feel compelled once again to raise the matter of foreign lecturers working in Italian universities, known collectively as lettori, who have been discriminated against for

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I feel compelled once again to raise the matter of foreign lecturers working in Italian universities, known collectively as lettori, who have been discriminated against for

decades on the basis of nationality. My right hon. Friend will know of this issue from his former role. He will also know that despite various assurances from the Italian Government that this issue will be resolved, nothing has happened. They promised to intervene in July but that did not materialise. May we have a statement from the Government on what further measures they can take to persuade the Italian Government to stop this practice of discrimination, which is in breach of all European treaties.

Mr Hague: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to continue to raise this issue. The Government have repeatedly raised their concerns. I did so as Foreign Secretary with Italian Ministers and with the Italian ambassador. Senior officials and Ministers continue to raise it. Our ambassador in Rome is seeking a further meeting with the Italian Education Minister and the head of the universities department to discuss the next steps. I know that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Europe will want to keep my hon. Friend up to date on this, as he has done in the past.

Andrew Bridgen MP with David Petrie 28 November 2013

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Italy Dolce vita? Rather sour, actually

 

THEWorking abroad: is the grass greener?

Six academics share their experience of university life overseas.

No. 6: Italy Dolce Vita? Rather sour actually

26 June 2014

 

 

 

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The Italian Disaster, Perry Anderson, London Review of Books, 22 May 2014

The Italian Disaster London Review of Books, 22 May 2004

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David Petrie on Italian Universities at Durham University School of Education

 

1st International Symposium on Native -Speakerism, Durham University, School of Education

Durham, UK, 28 April 2014

Roots and branches: the institutions of the European Union and the ghettoisation of native speakers in Italian universities. 

Reported in The Italian Insider 27 April 2014 .Comment: EU’s role in “Ghettoisation” of foreign lecturers in Italy

Also available here on PDF  DSC00201DSC00209DURHAM UNIVERSITY – PETRIE

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Lecturers Italy – Minister David Willetts – Minister Stefania Giannini – ‘importance of finding a solution’

The Italian Insider, 15 April 2014 reports UK tells Renzi: end “illegal” discrimination

Minister Lidington told me when I met him in London on 28 December 2013 that he hoped to see the lettori problem solved by early spring. Good progress has been made in bi-lateral talks.

Stefania Giannini

Stefania Giannini

I have reason to believe that the UK will continue to press for a solution and that Minister Stefania Giannini will be anxious to bring the matter to a close to the satisfaction of all.

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