(ANSA) - Rome, March 25 - There may be no time for
discussions with labor unions over proposed cuts to Italy's
civil sector, Simplification Minister Marianna Madia said
"It's not certain whether or not there will be meetings,
because we're working under very tight deadlines. It could
happen, but it's not a given. We've asked the unions to propose
alternatives to the plan," she said.
The government's spending czar, Carlo Cottarelli, has
identified five billion euros he says can be cut from the public
sector in the next eight months including thousands of jobs.
But Premier Matteo Renzi has said that is not the final
figure, and the government will pick and choose from
Cottarelli's list that includes savings on top pensions, bloat
in the healthcare sector, unnecessary military outlays and red
tape in general.