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Workers on strike at desalination plant

Desalination plant workers on strike over collective agreements last year

Workers at the Episkopi desalination plant in Limassol said on Tuesday they will continue indefinitely the strike they launched a week ago, until their employer honours what had been agreed last year.

The strike began on May 30 after negotiations between the workers’ unions – PEO and SEK – and the company operating the desalination plant on employment terms fell through.

The around 20 workers at the Episkopi desalination plant had also gone on strike last year after they had said that their employer, Limassol Water Co Ltd, refused to grant them a collective agreement to safeguard their rights. The strike, that lasted a week, had ended after an agreement was achieved with mediation by the labour ministry.

But the unions said that the company did not honour that agreement.

“Unfortunately, the company has bacedk down from what has been agreed with the Minister of Labour, Zeta Emilianidou, and did not apply the proposal made in September 2016 to resolve the then labour dispute aimed at drawing a collective agreement,” the unions said in an announcement.

They said that several meetings took place, but despite the compromises the unions made to help resolve the dispute, “we have encountered an unprecedented refusal on behalf of the company”.

The workers are determined to continue their strike, the unions said.

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