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Government backtracks on cutting teacher seniority pay

Nationwide strikes threatened over retroactive measure

08 January, 11:11
Government backtracks on cutting teacher seniority pay (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 outcry. "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".

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