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Conflict 'inevitable' over blocked public pay, union warns

'Contracts frozen for four years'

Conflict 'inevitable' over blocked public pay, union warns

Rome, August 13 - Social conflict "will be inevitable" over the frozen salaries of Italy's more than three million public employees, Luigi Angeletti, leader of Italian labour union Uil said on Tuesday. "Contracts have been blocked for four years now," said the leader of one of the country's top three unions. Public employees are "the only category treated in this way: conflict will be inevitable". Salaries of Italy's 3.3 million public employees have been frozen over the past four years and turnover blocked as part of measures to curb public spending as the country is grappling with the longest recession in over 20 years and huge public debt, which hit a new record in June of 2.0751 trillion euros. The government has extended a freeze on salary negotiations for all of 2014. "We worry about a system made by politicians who, at all levels, have no idea how to make the public administration more efficient, and the only thing they do is block contracts," said Angeletti.

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