Court Revokes Police, Armed Forces Wage Cuts
Thursday, 23 January 2014
A top Greek court has revoked a 10% wage cut applied in 2012 on the police and armed forces at the request of the country’s international lenders, Reuters reported.
The court ruled that policemen and soldiers had key duties and were entitled to better treatment than other state workers whose salaries were cut, the news agency reported. "They are a core part of the state and therefore deserve special protection," Reuters quoted a senior court official as saying.
In separate decisions earlier this week, the Greek court rejected appeals to overturn wage cuts filed by other civil servants, including workers at the finance ministry, energy regulator and securities market watchdog, court officials said.
Public sector wage cuts account for about a tenth of austerity measures Greece has taken since 2010 under the terms of two bailouts totalling about 240 billion euro.