The workers on temporary contracts at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) have occupied the offices in Rome and Palermo. They are protesting against the paltry funds available in the budget law for new hires and permanent staff.
From 2019, the allotment will be €90 million (€76.5 million for the universities and €13.5 million for research institutions supervised by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research). Currently, there are provisions for 1,304 new positions for university researchers and 307 at research institutions.
These numbers are inadequate for the needs of a system that is collapsing due to the €1.5 billion slashed over the past decade. At the National Research Council alone, the largest research body, there are nearly 3,000 researchers and staff hired on temporary contracts. The CNR cannot guarantee extensions for temporary workers whose contracts are “expiring” at the end of the year, not to mention for the research grants that might not be renewed.