Greece's Supreme Court due to rule on sacked cleaners

The Supreme Court is expected to decide by Thursday whether the Finance Ministry will be able to temporarily ignore a ruling from a lower court ordering it to rehire some 400 sacked cleaners.

The ministry is seeking a temporary suspension of last month’s First Instance Court decision, which ruled that the government was wrong to dismiss the workers as part of public sector reforms.

The ministry argues that the First Instance Court does not have the authority to rule on such matters and that the sackings were in the national interest.

Lawyers representing the cleaners, who have been protesting outside the Finance Ministry daily for the past few weeks, argued that the government fired the workers illegally and is wrong not to abide by the court ruling.

There were scuffles between the protesting cleaners and riot police outside the ministry on Tuesday.

One protester suffered injuries and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment when riot police attempted to push back the cleaners.