MPs protest discrimination of UK lecturers in Italy

David Petrie, chair of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy (left) with former MEP Edward McMillan-Scott

 ROME -- MPs are currently running an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to note that a number of discrimination cases brought before the Brescia Court of Appeal by British lecturers working in Italy have been extinguished through Italy’s Gelmini law.

 They are aiming for the understanding “that these cases relate to the non-fulfilment of employment contracts” and the recognition “that the Gelmini law provides for decisions taken in Italian courts to be overturned and dismissed without evidence having been heard.”

 They also want acknowledgement “that this law has led to Fife resident Robert Coates having a decision taken in relation to the non-fulfilment of his employment contract with the University of Brescia overturned and dismissed without any grounds for redress.”

 As such British Lecturers in Italy are calling “on the UK and Italian governments to work closely together to bring this matter to a promptly and satisfactory resolution for all British lecturers working in Italy who have been affected.”

 The motion’s primary sponsor in Roger Mullin, and as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday it had gained the signatures of 19 Members of Parliament, consisting of 15 Scottish Nationalists, a Democratic Unionist, a Labour member, a Conservative and an Independent MP for Glasgow East.

 The Early day motion 15 can be found at this link: