After declaring null and void the laws cutting some pensions and salaries, the Italian Constitutional Court will now judge the freeze on the salaries of public employees which has been in place in Italy for years. The State Solicitor General, which is tasked with defending the legislation in force on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office, warned the Court that quashing also this provisions would cost the State budget 35 billion euros.
The Constitutional Court is not the only Court where the norms adopted in Italy in the framework of austerity policies have been challenged. In Luxembourg, the European Court of Justice ordered Italy to put on its payroll thousands of teachers “temporarily” hired by the Ministry of Education despite having been in service for years. This time the Italian Court have been helping the Government by ruling that the “temporary” teachers do not need to be hired, but only indemnified.