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Saccomanni confirms teachers' salaries will not be cut

'Technical problem sparked excessive reaction'

08 January, 20:04
Saccomanni confirms teachers' salaries will not be cut (ANSA) - Rome, January 8 - Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni Wednesday blamed a "technical" problem for triggering fears that teachers would have to repay earlier raises.

He added that teachers should not fear that will happen.

Salaries "will not be reduced", and a plan that teachers would be required to repay earlier salary increases "has been annulled," said Saccomanni.

He said the issue was simply "a technical problem that led to an excessive reaction".

Teachers had threatened a national strike over a plan that reportedly would require some to return 2013 monthly seniority payments of 150 euros.

The plan triggered a public and political outcry and earlier Wednesday, Education Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza said on Twitter it had been scrapped. "The meeting at the premier's office is over. Teachers won't have to give back 150 euros. I'm happy for educators," she tweeted.