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Railways chief 'welcomes' stepping aside

'If there's a better alternative'

25 March, 11:42
Railways chief 'welcomes' stepping aside (ANSA) - Milan, March 25 - Italian railways chief Mauro Moretti said Friday he welcomed stepping aside if there was a better candidate for the job. "If there's a better alternative, I welcome it," he said during a meeting with the Assolombarda industrial employers association. Moretti has been under pressure for his high salary - 873,666 euros a year - as the government moves forward with a spending review that aims to cut up to five million euros, including from public-sector managers. Moretti has said lower pay for the highest-flying civil servants would force them into the private sector, prompting critics of his stewardship of Italy's railway system to say "good riddance, let's see what he gets".

But the Ferrovie dello Stato CEO says that he is counting on Renzi's promise to carry out the pay review "reasonably".