Cyprus Mail

Port workers call off strike

By Constantinos Psillides

Limassol port has reopened for business after port workers decided to suspend their strike following the intervention of Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou.

SEK union spokesman Titos Timotheou told the Cyprus Mail the workers would be meeting with the minister on Tuesday afternoon and would then decide on the next step. “We will try and negotiate but things are very difficult,” he said.

Port workers are protesting against salary cuts and reduction in working hours. The workers are demanding their annual pay rise that is included in the collective agreements, as well as their 14th salaries. They held a 24-hour warning strike on Monday.

Similar strikes two months ago halted all commercial activity in and out of the island as trade unions objected to government plans to proceed with the privatisation of semi-government organisations, including the Cyprus Ports Authority, over the next four years.




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