Workers at the Cyprus Ports Authority on Thursday announced a two-hour work stoppage for noon Friday, in protest of management’s decision to accuse SYALK union boss Demetris Patsalos of turning against the authority in correspondence, statements, and articles.
According to a statement by SIDIKEK-PEO union, the decision to strike was taken in a general assembly of the employees, during which they were briefed on the disciplinary probe against Patsalos, as well as the charges facing him, and the report of the investigating officer.
According to the union, the report concludes that “Mr Patsalos’ actions did not slander the authority, nor did they cause any problems to the companies he accused, as he had been acting in his capacity as union leader, a right safeguarded under regulation 53 of the CPA’s charter.
The general assembly called on the CPA’s board to clear Patsalos of all charges, and adopted the investigator’s report.
Otherwise, it warned, during the ‘trial’, at noon on Friday, all union members will stage a two-hour protest, and unions will be authorised to take further measures in case Patsalos is found guilty.
Last week, CPA port pilots staged an impromptu two-hour strike for the same reason.
“The charges, according to an investigating officer appointed by the CPA, are not documented,” SYALK union, headed by Patsaslos, had said.
It added that “for some grey areas that have to do with the president of the union, also being the chief accountant, the opinion of the state legal services is required”.
“The vindictive stance of the CPA’s board to the head of our union, who also happens to be a candidate for the CPA’s chief financial officer position, cannot be a coincidence,” it said.
The union called for an end “to the victimisation of Mr. Patsalos”.
During the work stoppage a passenger ship was served, SYALK said, and expressed its apologies to its other port colleagues. It also called on the other CPA unions to support them and that it would decide in due course if they are to proceed with further measures.