Expat British lecturers in Italy have seen their salaries being slashed by 60% leaving many with no money to pay for rent or food.
The massive salary cuts are part of large-scale cuts by three of the country’s leading universities. The move has been labelled as potentially racist by politicians who say that only British and non-Italian expat lecturers have had their salaries reduced.
In addition, most of the 400 lecturers who are affected were already paid less than their Italian colleagues and had fewer benefits.
David Petrie, who is president of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy, added that foreign lecturers were usually not considered for promotions within Italian universities.
He said that the salary cut had made expat lecturers furious especially as no Italian lecturers were affected alongside the expats at the universities of Bergamo, Catania and Salento.
As reported in iExpats, expats are suffering job cuts in the middle east also.
Many of the lecturers are taking court action to have their salaries reinstated.
The UK’s Europe Minister, David Lindington, and Edward McMillan-Scott, who is the Vice-President of the European Parliament, have both declared that the Italian move is not only illegal but possibly racist.
However, there are unable to do anything until Italy forms a new government.
Meanwhile, Kuwait has declared that it needs to reduce the number of expats working in the country to help generate employment for its nationals.
One of the main reasons for doing so is that the country will be running a budget deficit by 2017 and must reduce the number of workers in its bloated public sector.
This will be the first time in 20 years that Kuwait will be spending more than generated in income.
The secretary general of the country’s banking association, Hamad Ali Al-Hasawi, has gone further and he says that as many as 40% of public sector workers should be laid off.
He points to the fact that around 94% of Kuwaitis work in the public sector while only 3% work in the private sector and the rest are self-employed.
Those public sector employees, he says, are paid generous salaries without working particularly hard for their money.
More than 2 million expats work in Kuwait, mainly in the private sector, and Mr Al-Hasawi maintains a fundamental change of thinking is needed among Kuwaitis if they are to take up more jobs in the private sector.
He said many of his countrymen believe that many jobs were beneath them but if Kuwait was to lose half of the expat working population, then many nationals would have to take up work they would otherwise choose not to do.