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Monti chides PD leader Bersani over employment reforms

Campaigning premier suggests he favours job creation

02 January, 16:26
Monti chides PD leader Bersani over employment reforms (ANSA) - Rome, January 2 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti chided political opponent Pier Luigi Bersani over job creation measures Wednesday.

Monti told a radio talk show that although he is in favour of job creation, the position of Bersani and his Democratic Party is harder to understand.

"Bersani says, 'I'm for reforms to make Italy more competitive and create more jobs', but it is difficult to understand where he really stands," Monti said during an election campaign interview on the RAI radio show Radio Anch'io.

In mid-2012, the Monti government was forced to water down its controversial employment reform package - including measures that would make it easier for firms to hire and fire workers - after objections from the PD and Italy's trade unions.

Early elections were called for February 24-25 after former premier Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew its support from Monti's technocratic government in parliament.