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Paphos bus drivers to begin indefinite strike from Tuesday

Osypa buses in Paphos

Paphos bus drivers will start an indefinite strike on Tuesday in protest over delays in receiving their salaries, a frequent occurrence since the economic crash, which led to cuts in government subsidies to overpaid transport companies.

The decision was made on Monday after negotiations between the company, Osypa, and the transport ministry fell through.

The drivers had held a three-hour warning strike last Friday over the delay in receiving their pay.

It followed similar action for the same reason at the end of last month.

Industrial action has become a frequent issue since the state set up the transport system in its current form around eight years ago.

A total €3.5 million has been overpaid to the Paphos company and the two sides have agreed that this amount must be deducted from the state’s contribution to Osypa going forward.

While acknowledging the overpayments and the need for the money to be withheld, the company argued that it cannot be effected in the winter period, when use of public transport is less than in the summer months when tourists use the buses.

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