As we have so often said austerity has to be fair. For those who say "why does it have to be fair?" take a look back into history. Sooner or later the proverbial will hit the fan. The Elite who created all of this mess will not be allowed to sit back and live on the fat of the land. They too must take a hit. In truth they should be hit the most having done nothing to prevent this ongling fiasco.
In Greece judges have been protesting since the middle of September. Their gripe is pay cuts. Those in high office tend to care not one iota for the ordinary man and woman on the street. They are told to get on with it when their incomes are slashed. Once austerity starts to attack higher up the chain all hell breaks lose.
Currently the judges action has taken the form of a work to rule. This guarantees the protesters a minimum loss of income, if any, whilst hitting the service hard. Backlogs of work tend to be hard to shift ever.
The judges work to rule has meant they have only worked in the mornings. Their action is due to end on October 20. They have now issued a warning to Politicians.
One judge spoke anonymously to the media saying, "Since June 2011, parliamentarians earn on average 5,934.87 euros a month.“But these earnings are augmented by appearances on parliamentary committees for which they earn 150 to 350 euros.” He went on to say, "judges would seek to ensure that MPs are taxed for the benefits they receive, which include 935 euros a month for offices expenses, 1,136 euros for postal services and 364 euros for travel costs."
Greek judges have now peldged to cut the salaries of MPs. You may argue that without a hefty pay packet people would not bother to stand for election and serve the country. There are always a few though who do so for the right reasons not to simply feather their own nests.
If Parliament wants to implement austerity measures it should be prepared to take a hit. Leadership should be about leading by example. Shame on them.