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Proposal to regulate strikes in essential services sparks political row

By Angelos Anastasiou

A proposal by employers’ association OEV to introduce a legal framework regulating the right of employees at state-run essential services has caused a political row, with opposition AKEL and affiliated trade union PEO lambasting  it, and accusing the government of covertly supporting it,  which prompted a denial from the government.

While on the face of it the issue relates to employee rights, the move appears to be connected to expected mobilisation of civil servants over the privatisation of the state’s power-production and telecommunications companies, as well as the ports’ authority. Strikes in the semi-state power company late last year forced minor power disruptions on the unsuspecting public.

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