Spanish judiciary officials to end strike after two months

Other News Materials 7 April 2008 15:45

(dpa) - Spanish judicial civil servants have agreed to end a two-month strike that paralyzed tens of thousands of trials, media reported Monday.

Justice Minister Mariano Fernandez Bermejo and the two main trade unions, UGT and CCOO, reached an agreement Sunday to raise the salaries of the civil servants.

The agreement did not, however, get the firm backing of two other trade unions which intended to submit it to a vote among the judicial employees.

The strike has worsened the problems of Spain's overburdened judiciary, which is struggling with a lack of resources, according to press reports.

The judiciary came under criticism after it came out that a paedophile who killed a 4-year-old girl had been released prior to the killing because of several judicial errors.

The CCOO and UGT agreed with the Justice Ministry that the civil servants would catch up with work that had been delayed because of the strike.