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Poed strikes to continue as of Wednesday

Primary education teachers’ union Poed reiterated on Tuesday they would resume strike measures on Wednesday after a dialogue with the education ministry got them nowhere.

Work stoppages will take place in all schools and public kindergartens in Larnaca on Wednesday between 7.30am and 8.30am, meaning school will start one hour later, and in Paphos and Nicosia on December 7 at the same time.

Earlier in the month the union had announced they were suspending strikes for two weeks as a goodwill gesture to the government due to the Cyprus settlement talks in Switzerland.

But during the two-week pause, the teachers said, the education ministry failed to engage them satisfactorily and their demands have not been addressed. During this period they had requested several meetings with education minister Costas Kadis but only got two.

In view of the discussion of the budget in parliament, the board of Poed will request meetings with the House president and all parliamentary parties to explain their position.

The union’s key demand is for annual contracts to be given to temporary teachers instead of 10-month contracts.

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