The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Ministry of Finances and against cleaning staff in a bitter judicial battle. The Ministry had requested a suspension of an earlier Athens court decision which vindicated the suspended cleaners and ordered their reappointment.
Essentially this means that the 397 suspended cleaners, who are currently camped outside the Ministry of Finances, will not see a solution to their serious problem before the 23rd of September, when the Ministry's motion to cancel the court order is thoroughly discussed.
Curiously, the Supreme Court has neglected to include the rationale behind its decision in the two-page court order decision that it issued at noon, despite being legally obligated to do so in court order suspensions.
The suspended cleaners have been camped outside the Ministry of Finances and have consistently demand that they are reinstated. Tensions have run high, as indicated by shocking video footage from a demonstration on Wednesday showing a riot police officer assaulting a 60-year-old womanThe Ministry has claimed that the Athens court had no jurisdiction to rule on the case, arguing that it was case to be handled by administrative courts, while the abolition of their position was in the public interest, since the reduction of the public sector improves finances.