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Makarios hospital cleaners to stage 12-hour strike

The Makarios hospital

Hourly-paid cleaners at Nicosia’s Archbishop Makarios III hospital will stage a 12-hour strike on Thursday, from 6.15am.

They said they were protesting against the many problems they face at the hospital, which have, according to their unions, not been resolved.

Trade unions Oekdy Sek and Pasyek Peo announced the decision on the work stoppage was taken unanimously on Wednesday morning as they had warned the authorities about it in writing on January 29.

“The problems are serious and also affect the health of patients in the hospital,” the unions said.

In particular, they report that staff who clean and disinfect surgeries, immediately afterwards have to work in the hospital kitchen with food, thus violating hygiene rules.

There is also a problem with staffing and obsolete equipment in various departments, they said.

The problems have existed since the beginning of 2017, the union’s statement said, adding that the health ministry, in a letter dated May 16, 2017, promised to remedy the situation, but nothing has been done.

“The hospital staff and the trade unions representing it express their sympathy for the patients who will be inconvenienced tomorrow. Unfortunately, staff have been forced to take vigorous measures that focus on protecting patients. It has been arranged that security personnel will step in temporarily,” the union announcement concluded.

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