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Supreme Court ups pressure on striking judges to end action

In a bid to end a longstanding go-slow protest by judges reacting to wage reductions, Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes issued a notice on Thursday informing justices that they also face having their pay docked for low productivity.

Judges have been protesting since last month by only hearing cases in the early part of the day and delaying the issuing of verdicts in order to show their opposition to being included in the wage cuts for civil servants that were part of the latest austerity package voted through Parliament earlier this month.

Tentes informed the judges that court regulations allow authorities to regulate their pay according to their performance, so if some justices fail to produce the expected amount of verdicts, they can expect to face further reductions to their salaries.