Thousands Slovak court officials on strike demand higher pay, more funding of legal system

Thousands of court officials in Slovakia are on a one-day warning strike, complaining of low pay and underfunding of the legal system.

Their action caused delays and interruptions in court proceedings all across the country.

According to labor unions, administrative officials from the country's 63 county, regional and other courts, a total of more than 3,700 are striking. Their protest is supported by judges who, however, are banned from striking by law.

The court officials demand at least a 25 percent increase in the funding of the justice system, which would make it possible for their salaries to go up and working conditions to improve.

If their demands are not met, the court officials have threatened to strike again for three days.