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Strike at Episkopi desalination plant called off

Desalination plant workers on strike over collective agreements last year

The strike at the Episkopi desalination plant in Limassol has been called off following the intervention of Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou, it was announced on Wednesday.

The strike began on May 30 after negotiations between the workers’ unions – PEO and SEK – and the company operating the desalination plant on employment terms fell through.

The labour ministry announced that following the intervention of Emilianidou, that called the two sides to her office to discuss the issue, the strike has been called off.

The around 20 workers at the Episkopi desalination plant had also gone on strike last year after accusing Limassol Water Co Ltd  of refusing to grant them a collective agreement to safeguard their rights. The strike, that lasted a week, ended after an agreement was reached with mediation by the labour ministry.

The unions said on Tuesday that the company had not honoured that agreement.

 

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