Judges target MPs? salaries

Greece?s judges, who have been holding a work-to-rule protest since September 17, are threatening to ensure that MPs? salaries are slashed if the government goes ahead with plans to cut the justices? salaries as well.

Judges, along with other civil servants, are in line for substantial cuts to their salaries due to the latest austerity package and appear determined to ensure that deputies also suffer a wage drop. ?Since June 2011, parliamentarians earn on average 5,934.87 euros a month,? a high-ranking judge who preferred to remain anonymous told Kathimerini. ?But these earnings are augmented by appearances on parliamentary committees for which they earn 150 to 350 euros.?

The judicial source also suggested that judges would seek to ensure that MPs are taxed for the benefits they receive, which include 935 euros a month for offices expenses, 1,136 euros for postal services and 364 euros for travel costs. Judges are due to end their protest, which means they only work during the morning hours, on October 20.

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