ATHENS – After exempting judges from pay cuts imposed as part of austerity measures, Greece’s highest administrative court has ruled legal salary slashes to university teaching staffs.
The court said the college pay cuts were okay because they were in the national interest as the government had to trim spending under orders from international lenders. It earlier had said the judiciary salaries couldn’t be cut in the national interest.
The court deemed the constitution does not stipulate that the wages of university lecturers and professors should be tied to those of judges, which are the benchmark for many public sector jobs. The decision will be referred to the Council of State’s plenary.
The court earlier had also ruled that members of the military, police and emergency services also had to have their salaries restored and paid retroactively for 10 percent cuts the government imposed.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has ignored that ruling, as he does when the courts go against him, and his coalition government, that includes his New Democracy Conservatives and its partner the PASOK Socialists are trying to figure out some way not to pay the military and police or pay them less than ordered.