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EAC unions briefing staff on April strike

Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) unions were on Thursday briefing employees across the country on the scheduled strike planned for April 6.

The strike is a show of protest against the state’s move to split the organisation into two companies, as per a Cabinet decision in January, which unions claim will be destructive.

Power cuts are looking to be extremely certain as all staff will be taking part in the strike.

According to SIDIKEK union general secretary Demetris Constantinou, the EAC’s board of directors informed them the plan was to be in place by September and all legal matters relating to the unbundling of the power company are to be finalised by September or October.

To this end, parliament would be holding an urgent session in August to pass the necessary bills, Constantinou said.

The Cabinet’s decision however did not say everything would be rushed  through but rather, it called for a re-evaluation in a year’s time which would take into consideration a series of factors such as a possible solution of the Cyprus problem, natural gas developments and a power cable connecting Cyprus with Israel, he said.

Constantinou added the unions were not alone and were supporting the board, management and EAC technocrats who have apparently submitted a series of complaints to the energy ministry to no avail.

Constantinou went on to say the Cabinet’s decision was a backdoor to privatisation, despite the state’s insistence it was not.

Under that decision, two organisations would be created, both governed by public law: one for power generation and one for the electricity distribution network.

The EAC would be destroyed, Constantinou added.

Four unions which are taking part in the strike belong to different parts of the political spectrum, he clarified, seeking to quell the notion AKEL was behind the strikes as part of an election campaign – an accusation that has dogged the Limassol port strike.

EAC’s management did not wish to comment.

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