(ANSA) - Rome, January 8 - The government on Tuesday
suspended plans to require schoolteachers to return 2013 monthly
seniority payments of 150 euros following a public and political
"The meeting at the premier's office is over. Teachers
won't have to give back 150 euros. I'm happy for educators,"
said Education Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza on Twitter.
Earlier in the day Matteo Renzi, leader of the center-left
Democratic Party (PD) and mayor of Florence, called the cut
"absurd" and called on the government to "clear up the disgrace
immediately," vowing not to let the issue go.
Teachers' unions had vowed to mount a national strike.
The economy ministry said the cuts, which applied
retroactively to 300,000 teachers in 2013 as well as to 2014,
were "a necessary act".