Romania's supreme court rejects pay cuts for judges
Romania's Supreme Court said it had irrevocably overturned a Finance Ministry decision to cut pay for judges.
Romania's Supreme Court said on Thursday it had irrevocably overturned a Finance Ministry decision to cut pay for judges.
The court rejected an appeal by the Finance Ministry on a similar ruling by a lower court last month.
"(Finance Minister Gheorghe) Pogea's appeal was rejected as being unfounded," a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. "The decision is final and irrevocable."
The government wants to reduce the wage bill of its bloated public sector and meet demands from international lenders after securing a 20-billion-euro aid package in March. It needs to cut spending to bring the 2009 budget deficit to 7.3 percent of GDP.
"Obviously this is a sign of rigidity in state spending and I expect strong opposition from trade unions anytime the state decides to cut state spending," said ING Bank's Nicolaie Alexndru-Chidesciuc.
The ministry had sought to scrap judges' "workplace stress" bonus payments, which amount to 50 percent of their salaries.
Judges additionally receive other bonuses totalling up to 85 percent of net wages, which range between 4,000 and 5,000 lei a month ($1,320-$1,650). The average wage in Romania was 1,379 lei in June.
Reuters Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2009, 12:02