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CyBC staff criticise report that calls for layoffs

By Constantinos Psillides

STAFF at the state broadcaster CyBC are up in arms after an interim report by PwC into the state of the corporation calls for an immediate 12 to 15 per cent reduction in staff, pointing out that CyBC could function perfectly with 56 less employees.

The interim report was handed to Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos and the CyBC board on Monday. PwC will also provide the competent authorities with a set of suggestions as well as a plan for restructuring.

“It’s sad that they get to decide for us, without us,” said one of the CyBC unions, SYTYRIK on Tuesday. SYTYRIK questions both the validity of the report findings and PwC’s methodology.

“If they wanted to conduct a serious, comprehensive study then they should have listened to all employees not just the department heads,” it said.

SYTYRIK also claimed that employees are forced to work overtime in exchange for days off instead of payment and that in many departments the collective agreements are not being kept to. The union also claims that employees fall victims to nepotism and party interests.

“Does PwC know that? If their goal is to help CyBC in restructuring then we ask them to come and speak with the employees.”

In response, PwC pointed out that the study is not finished yet and unions will be consulted.

“The study is still ongoing. It is at the second out of three stages provided for by the terms of reference,” a written statement said. “Contact with the unions will take place at the next stage.”

How the study will be used concerns the interior ministry, PwC said.

The interim report also calls for a complete overhaul of CyBC’s organisational structure, pointing out the need for department mergers, as well as establishing others that currently don’t exist or are understaffed, such as a legal department, an IT department and a public relations department.

The full report is expected within the month.

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