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Civil servants to challenge court pay cut decision

The civil servants trade union Pasidy said it will challenge the Supreme Court’s decision upholding 2013 pay cuts in the European Court of Human Rights adding that the decision was “inconsistent and contradictory” when compared to decisions taken by the same court on the pay of judges and those with multiple pensions.

It spoke of the long delay in hearing the case, the provocative interventions to the court and the timing of the decision.

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“The effort for vindication will continue both in the Cyprus courts and in the European Court of Human Rights,” it said adding that it is in touch with its legal advisors.

It also vowed to resist any further attempt to victimise public servants and will dend the rights of its members.

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that cuts imposed on the pay and pensions of public servants in 2013 were legal.

In a decision, the full bench by majority upheld an appeal submitted by the attorney general against an administrative court ruling earlier this year which would have required the government to dig deep to reimburse the cuts.

The decision came as a huge relief to the government amidst the coronavirus outbreak which has effectively brought the economy to a standstill.

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