ATHENS – Greek judges who backed austerity measures for workers but exempted themselves are planning suits to get their pay restored retroactively.
Their pay was cut in August of 2012, two months after Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader took office and imposed austerity on orders of international lenders.
The judges then declared cuts to their pay unconstitutional while saying it was in the national interest to cut the pay of other workers, except for the military, police and uniformed services.
The judges and prosecutors’ union said it’s putting together a strategy that includes a bevy of suits to get their money.
A wage tribunal ruled last June that the government should return the salary cuts but the coalition that includes the PASOK Socialists subsequently passed a law slashing the outstanding amount by 50 percent and then agreed to repay the remainder in 36 monthly installments.
Last month, union chief Vassiliki Thanou-Christofilou dismissed as “modest tips” the extra 150 euros per month being paid as part of a reinstatement of their wages, iring victims of austerity who’ve seen their pay, pensions and retirement lump sums cut up to 38 percent.