Cyprus Mail

Paphos bus strike postponed

Bus terminal Kato Paphos

Paphos bus company Osypa ended strike measures on Wednesday and gave the transport ministry until January 10 to meet the company’s demands regarding the modernisation of the fleet.

Officials from the Paphos bus company met on Wednesday with Transport Minister Marios Demetriades in an effort to solve the town’s bus strike, which inconvenienced residents who use its 300 or so routes. The strike was calculated to have affected 15,000 passengers including 5,000 students.

After meeting Demetriades, the head of Osypa, Giorgos Ioannides, said that they had postponed strike measures until January 10. Within this period, the ministry is expected to provide solutions concerning the disagreements on the renewal of the Osypa fleet and on the “company’s reasonable profit margin”.

On Monday, the company parked its more than 100 buses in protest over what Osypa called a ‘breach of contract’ by the ministry concerning contract terms on the renewal of its fleet.

It had said that more than half of its 102 buses are very old and need to be replaced but there is disagreement with the ministry over how much the government has to pay. An Osypa official told the Cyprus Mail on Tuesday that the ministry is not willing to pay one hundred per cent of the cost.

Transport Minister Marios Demetriades had called the strike unnecessary and said that the ministry had given the green light to the renewal of the fleet, but didn’t agree to cover the costs of depreciation for more than the four years as stipulated in the contract.

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