Italian ballet stars have threatened to strike if proposed reforms to pension laws mean they have to keep working until normal retirement age. Italian dancers escaped reforms eight years ago when new pension laws designed to harmonise retirement ages excused ballet dancers allowing retirement at age 45 for women and 52 for men. The new rules would mean ballet dancers would not be eligible for pensions until at least 60 years of age post 2008. Deputies in the Italian parliament are lobbying the Parliamentary Budget Commission for amended legislation allowing ballet dancers to retire between the ages of 47 and 49. The new legislation covers dancers employed by Italy’s opera and ballet companies including dancers at La Scala and the Rome Opera House.
Source: The Times 5th November 2004