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Wheels of EU justice turn slowly, robbing many of a whole lifetime of working rights

John Downing


A dispute over parity of pay and treatment for non-national lecturers in Italy has been going on for 25 years

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Photo: Stock image/Yves Herman

Photo: Stock image/Yves Herman

Photo: Stock image/Yves Herman

One very raw day back in February 1999, I went to Kitty O’Shea’s Bar in Brussels to interview Longford-born Henry Rodgers about a three-year-old labour dispute he and other university teachers were locked in with the Italian authorities.

He had travelled up from Rome, and our meeting was just weeks before the birth of my daughter who later this month will graduate with a BA degree.


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