Five ND MPs threaten to vote down amendment on judges' wage and pension cuts

Five conservative lawmakers have threatened to vote down an amendment designed to reverse wage and pension cuts imposed on Greek judges.

In a joint statement released Wednesday, New Democracy MPs Ilias Vlachoyiannis, Iordanis Tzamtzis, Theodoros Soldatos, Pavlos Vogiatzis and Dimitrios Kyriazidis said they will back the measure only if the government also withdraws pay cuts on the country's military and security staff.

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday submitted to Parliament an amendment abolishing cuts to judges’ salaries and pensions that have been enforced since August 2012 as part of troika-imposed reforms.

The move came a day after a court ruled that retroactive cuts imposed on the pensions of judicial officials were unconstitutional. The changes will cost the state an estimated 100 million euros in backpay and an additional 69 million euros annually in view of the increased payouts the state will be making henceforth.