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Pilots to take legal steps over provident fund contributions

Cyprus Airways (CY) pilots said on Friday they would go to court to overturn the airline’s decision to reduce its contribution to the workers’ provident fund, an agreement made with other unions but not with them.

Last month’s deal will see the airline reduce its contribution to 1.0 per cent, from 8.0 per cent, a move that will save it some €4.0 million over the 15-month duration of the agreement.

“The agreement was made with the other unions, not with us,” said Petros Souppouris, chairman of pilots union PASYPI. “There was no consultation.”

The union had said it would talk pay cuts only after the company was fully restructured, something which has not happened.

“The catering and engineering departments have not yet left the company, as was the plan. There are our conditions,” Souppouris said.

The PASYPI chairman said they planned to go to court over the decision, not because they wanted to punish anyone but as way to turn on the pressure so that the restructuring plan was implemented.

Souppouris did not rule out further measures, to be decided by the union’s general assembly.

The European Commission this week expressed doubt that the airline’s restructuring plan could ensure its long-term viability, as it started reviewing the scheme.

“The commission has doubts whether the restructuring plan is suitable to ensure Cyprus Airways’ long-term viability and whether the airline is capable of withstanding likely challenges in the air transport market during the next years,” the Commission said.




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