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Civil servants call off strike

The civil service union PASYDY said there was no reason to hold a general strike on Friday after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades who apparently assured workers that the government had no intention to tax their retirement bonuses.

Speaking after the short meeting at the presidential palace, PASYDY chief Glafkos Hadjipetrou spoke of a positive intervention by Anastasiades who gave them the necessary explanations.

Hadjipetrou said Anastasiades made it clear that the government had no intention to tax their retirement bonus or cut pay and pension benefits.

This was also confirmed by government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides.

Hadjipetrou said the union’s members will have the final say but there did not appear to be a reason to hold the strike.

 

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