Greek Judges Will Strike Over Pay Cut Plan

Angry they are included in a group of professionals whose so-called “special salaries,” will be cut, Greek judges said they will strike from Sept. 17-22, slowing down a court system already clogged with delays up to 10 years.

After a meeting with Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras, who insisted the government has to cut up to 25% of their pay  to save 11.5 billion euros $(14.6 billion), the judges decided to stop working for five days.

According the Association of Magistrates and Prosecutors, the strike vote was unanimous.  They work only five hours a day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and among the highest-paid civil servants in the country.

A General Meeting of the members of the Association has been planned for Sept. 22 to decide whether to continue or stop their strike but two-and-a-half-years of protests, strikes and riots by other Greek workers against austerity measures have all failed. Greek judges said they often take work home but no longer will either during the strike.