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Bus drivers to strike over pay

Bus drivers yesterday said they will go on strike on Monday, demanding to be paid in full for November.

PEO and SEK trade unions said that the bus drivers weren’t paid their salaries in full and they were obliged to go on a strike.

The bus drivers are caught in the middle of a conflict between the state and the bus companies. According to the unions, the six bus companies haven’t paid the drivers in full because they have financial differences with the ministry of communication and works, asking the government to provide the rest.

A spokesman of the drivers said CyBC radio that resorting to a strike is the last thing they want to do. “We have exhausted all other options. It’s not our fault if the companies can’t work out their differences with the state.

Some of my colleagues are paid 40 per cent of their salary, others are paid 50 and some 70 per cent. It’s unacceptable to not pay wages for work done”, he said and did not rule out an extended strike.

The strike will be called off if the ministry and the six bus companies reach a compromise over the weekend.

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