Cyprus Mail

Bases staff to strike on Monday

Members of PASYDY trade union working at the British bases will stage a 24-hour warning strike on Monday to protest a unilateral decision for pay cuts starting this month.

In a written statement, the union said it had submitted proposals aiming at finding acceptable solutions but the employers were going ahead with their decision anyway.

“In light of this, our members have no other choice than to go on strike in a last ditch effort to prevent the measure from being implemented and start discussions,” the union said.

The strike will start at 6.45am on Monday. Other unions are expected to follow suit.

Some 1,300 Cypriots are employed at the SBAs which have been asked by the MoD make €5.2mln in savings across the board on operations in Cyprus.

The bases said they would be implementing staggered cuts — employees earning less than €1,500 a month, around a quarter of staff, would not be subjected to a wages cut. For instance, a person earning €3,000 a month would probably see a cut of around 6.5 per cent or €195 a month, in line with public service cuts in the Republic.

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