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Ground services two-hour stoppage at Paphos airport on Wednesday

Ground services staff will hold a two-hour strike at Paphos airport on Wednesday over a pay dispute with their employers.

The strike is expected to start at 2pm.

It follows a 90-minute strike at Larnaca airport on Tuesday.

Workers belonging to Swissport and LGS stopped loading and unloading luggage causing problems at the check-in and baggage claim areas.

Unions say that a collective agreement, which should have been renewed in May, had not been signed by the employers and consequently an increment due in April had not been paid.

After mediation in May, half of the pay increase was eventually given to the employees at Paphos and Larnaca airports. However, unions said the companies failed to pay the remainder in June, in line with the agreement, prompting workers to strike.

Hoteliers associations, PASYXE and STEK, and travel agents, ACTA, on Tuesday expressed their concern about the strike and made a last-ditch appeal for the strike to be cancelled. They called for the resolving of differences at the negotiating table.

“Delays in flights and the inconvenience experienced by the traveling public, especially at a time of heavy tourist traffic, cause irreparable damage to the tourism industry of the country and tarnish the image of Cyprus as a reliable tourist destination,” they said in a joint announcement.

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