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Italian court rejects cuts to top government salaries

Trimming top wages 'unconstitutional'

11 October, 14:33
Italian court rejects cuts to top government salaries (ANSA) - Rome, October 11 - Italy's Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a government plan to cut salaries to top civil servants and judges. In its decision, the court said that the decree to trim salaries in the 2011-2012 budget was unconstitutional.

The ruling means the cash-strapped government will not be able to trim the pay packages for employees as planned.

The government of Premier Mario Monti had intended to cutsalaries that exceeded 90,000 euros.

A 5% cut would have been applied to the salaries of employees earning more than 90,000 euros and up to 150,000 euros.

Those earning more than 150,000 euros would have taken a 10% hit.

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