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Demetriades says labour trouble at ports may not be over

By Stelios Orphanides

Transport minister Marios Demetriades said that he does not rule out more labour-related trouble at Cypriot ports caused by emotional concerns of workers at the Cyprus Ports Authority, which is about to enter the final stage of its reorganisation.

“With the privatisation of the (commercial operations of the) ports, the strike risk is almost eliminated,” Demetriades said in an interview. “A private operator is more effective in preventing a strike than a public operator, but until we get to that point, I cannot rule out any labour dispute. Even though all labour rights of the Cyprus Ports Authority workers are secured, there are reactions which are rather related to emotional reasons than to substantial ones”.

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