Countdown to end Italy's 35 year lettori shame
ROME - A British MP has demanded the "35-year injustice" against foreign lecturers in Italy's universities end immediately as UK Ambassador Christopher Prentice keeps up pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to compensate the lecturers in his stability law package, diplomatic sources say. David Petrie, the Scottish head of the ALLSI lecturers' union, says he is cautiously optimistic that an end to his long battle to obtain justice for hundreds of members working in universities around Italy at last may be in sight over the next three months.
"Both the British and Italian governments are actively engaging on this," Prof. Petrie said, "the British Ambassador has raised the matter persistently with the Italian education minister."
For Ambassador Prentice, expected to leave Rome at the end of the year after his posting twice was extended, resolving the lettori scandal under which British and other European lecturers had their salaries halved overnight, would climax his illustrious career by eliminating a dispute that has strained traditionally friendly relations between the UK and Italy.