Senior Politicians Weigh in on Expat Lecturer Anti-Discrimination Campaign

Expat Globe

A campaign designed to draw attention to alleged discrimination aimed at expatriate lecturers working in Italy has been given crucial support from Minister for Europe David Lidington calling the situation, “illegal and morally wrong” and Vice-president of the European Parliament Edward McMillan-Scott describing it as “unfair”.

David Petrie, president of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy (ALLSI) told The Telegraph, ,“Obviously people are furious about getting their salaries cut by 50 or 60 per cent,”

“It’s an attack being levelled only at the foreigners, and it will mean they will have to get an injunction to get their salaries restored.

“I have been told that one woman is close to a nervous breakdown as she simply can’t pay her rent. A cut of 60 percent is a joke.”

“ALLSI will continue to press over this, but it does seem to be the case that unless we get input from the politicians in Europe, we will get no help from the Italians,"

“It requires politicians at Cabinet level in various places to put their heads together and say ‘this has got to stop – we cannot have a member state discriminating against workers in another member state,”