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Shop action pledge on House failure to vote on rents

By Maria Gregoriou

The small shopkeepers’ union, POVEK, threatened action on Friday after parliament decided to postpone the vote on a bill which would reduce shop rents until later in the year.

On Thursday parliament pushed back for the fourth time the vote on the AKEL-backed bill until September.

The bill proposes a 20 per cent reduction in residential and industrial rents in rent control areas to assist shopkeepers and tenants during the economic crisis.

POVEK general secretary said that the union will take strict measures against the postponement which was affecting shopowners struggling to survive.

“We have been in contact with all the political parties, we have met with three ministers and we have exhausted our resources,” he said.

“We feel betrayed and outraged and we will take measures to deal with this delay.”

Koursaris said there were a string of measures the union would take to shift the costs of high rent elsewhere but was unable to disclose exact measures.

“Believe me there are many ways in which we can react and not only by closing shops,” he said, without specifying.

“Reduction in rent prices would not only save the economy but it would send a message that the government is giving us incentives to endure these hard times,” he added.

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