Cyprus Mail

Supreme Court to probe reversing civil servant pay cuts Monday

The supreme court in Nicosia

The supreme court will this coming Monday examine the appeals filed by the state against three administrative court decisions reversing civil servants’ pay cuts that had been imposed around six years ago as Cyprus teetered on the brink of economic collapse.

Earlier this month, the state also filed a request to suspend execution of the decisions.

The state also asked for the appeals to be expedited and be heard by the full bench of the supreme court.

In March 29 decisions, the administrative court ruled that a freeze of incremental pay rises, a 3 per cent contribution to pensions, and a reduction in civil servants’ pay was in violation of article 23 of the constitution regarding the protection of the right to property.

As such the pay reductions were deemed invalid and the applicants entitled to compensation.

Various estimates have been offered on how much the decisions might cost the state if they are upheld.

The most conservative scenario sees a few million euro as immediate backpay compensating only those civil servants who sued plus €200m annually from restoring full salaries to all civil servants.

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