While the Greek Parliament claims the austerity measures are compatible with the Constitution, the country’s Supreme Administrative Court decided they were ‘unconstitutional’ – at least some of them.
The pleanary of Supreme Court (Areios Pagos) unanimously ruled that the new cuts in judges’ and prosecutors’ wages were against the Greek Constitution.
Under the new austerity package, judges’s and prosecutors’ wages will be cut by 19%-24%.
The decision of Supreme Court is not binding for the government, however it can ease the way for legal appeals.
From what KTG-knows, according to Greek Constitution, the wages for judicial personnel are bound to the wages of Members of the Parliament and vice versa. The austerity bill does not foresee equivalent cuts for the 300 MPs as for the judges.
The wages of judiciary are bound to the wages of legislative and executive governance powers of the Greek state.
I remember very well the case where some 100 retired MPs demanded to receive retrospective pension raises after judges and prosecutors did so. However, it was a matter of morals for the MPs to demand these amounts, when the country was sinking in debt. Nevertheless, while some MPs withdrew their demands, there is still a number of MPs insisting on their claims. This must have been may a year ago.
PS so far there is just very short news on the issue and the Supreme Court reasoning has not become public yet. So check for updates.