PM meets with striking judges

The government will not back down on a pay dispute with Greek judges, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pledged Thursday.

“The country’s fiscal state leaves no room for a different wage policy,” Samaras said after meeting with judges’ representatives in a bid to end a months-long go-slow protest that has choked the country’s justice system.

Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis also attended the meeting.

“It was a very good meeting… talks will continue,” Roupakiotis said.

Local reports on Thursday suggested that the government is mulling the idea of increasing some of judges’ benefits.

Judges have been protesting since October 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.

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