Starting Monday and for the next two weeks, judges are only handling cases considered to be emergencies, in response to expected salary cuts.
State hospital doctors also started an indefinite protest, treating emergency cases only, over unpaid overtime pay. They joined private doctors who earlier this month began refusing to treat state-insured patients without full payment.
The government is trying to finalize an €11.5 billion ($15 billion) austerity package required for continued emergency rescue loans. Unions are angry at the new cuts and have called a general strike for Sept. 26.