Greek judges poised to launch suits against gov’t over pay

Greek judges are expected to submit a barrage of lawsuits against the government over its failure to return to them wages that were cut in August 2012, a move which has since been deemed unconstitutional.

The judges and prosecutors’ union said on Friday that it has finalized a template for its members to use to sue the government.

A wage tribunal ruled last June that the government should return the salary cuts but the coalition subsequently passed a law slashing the outstanding amount by 50 percent and then agreed to repay the remainder in 36 monthly installments.

Last month, union chief Vassiliki Thanou-Christofilou dismissed as “modest tips” the extra 150 euros per month being paid as part of a reinstatement of their wages.