Cyprus Mail

Hilton staff down tools

HILTON hotel staff yesterday started an indefinite strike over the management’s decision to sack 18 people and cut wages by an additional five per cent.

Trade unions PEO and SEK described the layoffs as “unjustified,” coming just a month after the two sides shook hands on a collective agreement.

The strike at the five-star hotel started at 1.30pm.

The unions said the management also wanted to cut pay by a further five per cent.

“Unions have already made big concessions through the renewal of the collective agreement and despite the fact that the tourist sector is in a very good condition and has not been hurt to the extent other sectors of the economy have,” the unions said.

The unions also charged that the hotel has recently hired a significant number of temporary staff, many of whom work double shifts.

And this at a time when it is sacking permanent staff with many years of service, the unions said.

“We urge all workers in the hotel industry to be vigilant since the actions of other hotels also, indicate an organised effort to impose further reductions in salaries and workers’ benefits using the economic crisis as a pretext,” the unions said.

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