LARNACA municipality is to randomly select around 200 registered unemployed people to carry out seasonal work usually carried out by municipality workers.
The programme named Let’s Work Together is due to be put into operation today. The municipality will receive lists of unemployed people from the employment office and will draw names, with the winners to be given seasonal work. The work which will be given is usually carried out by municipality workers who receive overtime pay.
Yesterday, the first 20 names were drawn in the presence of Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou. They will carry out various jobs in the parking lot at Makenzie beach for two weeks. Every two weeks around 20 names will be drawn and by October it is believed around 200 people will have worked for the municipality.
“This programme aims at financially helping people and despite the help given by the community market every week, a job is a more dignified and efficient measure,” Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis said. He added that he understands the programme will not make the unemployment problem disappear.
“We are not creating new positions or increasing the municipality’s payroll but increasing production with a reduced budget,” Louroudjiatis said.
The mayor explained that the Labour Ministry had prepared a catalogue of unemployed people with priority being given to those over 50 years of age who do not receive unemployment benefit and have been unemployed for a long period.
A public draw will take place to decide which of those listed in the catalogue will be given temporary work.
“Our main concern is transparency,” the mayor concluded.
Emilianidou said she believes unemployment is a big problem but if it is faced with understanding and solidarity then people can find a job which will guarantee a more decent living.
“This programme is very important because it shows the municipality truly cares for its people,” she said. She congratulated the mayor and all the workers in Larnaca and added that these measures are exactly what the country needs right now.
“Together, trade unions, workers and employers can find ways to help people,” Emilianidou said.
She hailed the decision by municipality workers to forgo their overtime and help others get a job, albeit temporarily.
“I believe that this initiative of the municipality is not only commendable, but it must be emulated by everyone,” she concluded.
Representatives from trade unions SEK and PEO also hailed the move adding that everyone needs to contribute if unemployment is to decrease.