Compromise deal negotiated in dispute over judges' back pay

Representatives of the Czech government and judges came to a compromise agreement in their clash over claims for back pay on Friday. Government negotiators agreed to set aside 1.2 billion crowns to pay judges and state part of their claims for three years of back pay. The claims follow a court ruling that the state failed to calculate their pay rates properly from 2009. State payments have been estimated as high as 5 billion crowns to settle the claims. The government will meet on Monday to decide whether to agree the deal.

Author: Chris Johnstone