ATHENS – Greece’s unicameral parliament passed on Thursday a measure to return €820 million ($935.5 million) to civil servants who had their salaries drastically reduced during the years of the severe economic crisis that ravaged the country.
The proposal, which had the backing of all parties except the neo-Nazi outfit Golden Dawn, came after the Supreme Administrative Court ruled two years ago that the pay cuts implemented between 2012-2016 to members of the armed forces, firefighters, doctors and university professors under orders of the country’s creditors were unconstitutional.
“Today is a great day for the Greek parliament because it marks the beginning of a series of positive measures,” said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after the resolution was passed, in reference to the social initiatives his government is set to announce in coming weeks.
The payments will not constitute an issue for the Hellenic nation’s treasury, as the expenditure has already been accounted for in the current annual budget.
The same court decided three years ago that the pension cuts and the suppression of the two annual bonus salary payments during the economic crisis also went against the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights because the former deprived Greek pensioners of their right to a dignified life.