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Wednesday, July 28, 1999 Published at 10:05 GMT 11:05 UK


Education

Scots lecturers court political support

The lecturers are taking the European Commission to court

A group of Scottish lecturers working in Italy are stepping up their campaign for the same working conditions as Italian lecturers.

The Scots say they have been illegally discriminated against on the grounds of their nationality and they are now looking for support from the British government and other political parties.


BBC Scotland's John Morrison reports from Brussels.
David Petrie was among several lecturers who took Verona University to the European Court of Justice after it refused to consider them for lecturers' posts.

Hundreds of other non-Italian teaching staff have made similar allegations against state universities.

The lecturers have since won three cases at the Court of Justice in Luxembourg but the Italian government has still refused to give them the same rights as Italians.

Case 'falsehoods'

Recently the European Commission said it would take the Italian government to court over the case.

But in an ironic twist, the Scottish lecturers are now taking the commission to court because they say their case against the Italians is based on falsehoods.

Mr Petrie, the lecturers' spokesman, said they will also ask the court to force the commission to hand over documents relating to the case.

They have also asked the British government to raise the issue in Brussels.

And on Friday they will meet Professor Neil MacCormick, the SNP Euro MP who has pledged to fight their case.



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