Cyprus Mail

Plea for dialogue over port strike

THE “CONTINUOUS unacceptable and inexcusable” strike measures Limassol port employees are enforcing are risking a complete breakdown of the port, the Cyprus Shipping Agents said on Monday.

They called on all unions – PEO, SYALK, SYPALK and DEOK whose ship pilots have stopped overtime work and are planning a 24 hour strike on Friday – to reflect on the level of responsibility they have and reconsider the measures they have taken. They have urged smooth discussions with the transport ministry to ensure their rights after privatisation takes place.

“We are our worst enemy because with our mistakes, neglect and do-it-my way attitude we will completely destroy the goose with the golden eggs which is the Limassol port,” the Cyprus Shipping Agents said.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Limassol port chief George Pouros said pilots had decided to engage in discussions and end their overtime ban. He expressed hope that through dialogue, Friday’s strike may also be cancelled.

The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) has also strongly criticised the employees strike measures in a statement, saying it was completely unacceptable that unions “resort to threats to ensure the apparent rights of their members that enjoy higher than average perks.”

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