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Cyta unions to stage protests

CyTA workers during one of their many recent protestations

By Andria Kades

CYTA trade unions are planning a series of actions protesting moves to privatise the telecommunications authority and other semi government organisations.

“This was built with money of the state and hard work from government employees; we can’t just sell out like that,” said PEO-SIDIKEK union general secretary Antonis Neophytou.

On Wednesday, June 24, union members are set to protest at the Cyta bridge on Limassol Avenue between 8 and 9am.

Discussions are currently ongoing between the Cyprus Ports Authority unions and those of the Electricity Authority to organise joint protests against privatisations.

Neophytou said he was not convinced by Finance minister Harris Georgiades’ comments that all staff would have their jobs secured.

“With every given opportunity the minister targets government employees saying they are lazy. Why should we believe that he wants to protect them now?” he said noting that when a company becomes private all staff face the risk of losing their jobs.

On July 4, protesters will be outside Cyta shops across the island from 9am to 1pm handing out leaflets to “convince and inform society that privatisations are not a given and can be stopped.”

“We will be outside parliament when this will be discussed to send a political message. We consider this a sell out and staff are reacting because they care for the public good,” Neophytou said.



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