Greek Teacher Successfully Sues Over Austerity Cuts to Salary at Greek Government-Run School in Nuremberg


In Germany a federal Court has ruled in upholding a complaint filed by a Greek teacher concerning the pay cut imposed on his salary by the Greek government because he works at a Greek government-run school in Nuremberg.

The unnamed teacher is a Greek national and after his pay was slashed back in 2010, he decided to file a law suit, demanding that his pay be restored. He won his case and a lower court granted him around 20,000 euros in extra pay for October 2010 until December 2012, which accounted for his salary loss.

On Wednesday, the German Federal Labor Court ruled against and rejected a Greek Appeals Court in the matter, upholding the complaint. They stated that Greece’s austerity legislation is not applicable on German territory. Further more, the German court added that Greece does not have any legal immunity over the labor contract of the Greek national teacher who is employed in Germany, because his contract is subject to German law, not Greek law.