Lawyers pause rolling strikes

Lawyers and prosecutors, who had been staging protests against the government?s measures since last month, decided this weekend to suspend their action in a nod to the intense political and economic instability that Greece has been going through the past few days.

Lawyers are against government efforts to liberalize their profession and what they see as unacceptable intervention in the justice system by Greece?s lenders, while prosecutors have been protesting salary cuts. In a statement, the prosecutors union said that the protests were being suspended pending clarification of whether there would be a new government and further talks with the Justice Ministry. The union, however, asked for the ministry to drop plans to slash prosecutors? wages. It also called for the decriminalizing of minor offenses to help speed up the dispensation of justice.

Lawyers had been holding rolling 48-hour strikes but said they would return to work pending talks with the Justice Ministry.