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Port workers call strike over safety concerns

Port workers at Limassol port announced a two-hour work stoppage for Monday over safety concerns after an accident last week in which one of their colleagues was seriously injured.

Trade unions Sek and Peo said in a written statement that port workers will gather outside the port between 9 and 11am on Monday in protest over health and safety hazards in their workplace.

The workers demand changes in the way some procedures are being carried out and an improvement of safety levels within the port.

Sek representative, Yiannis Tsouris, said that big and small accidents at the port are not uncommon, but they are usually not made known to the public.

This situation cannot go on like this, he added.

The work stoppage comes in the wake of an accident in which a 28-year-old man was severely injured when the straddle carrier he was test driving after a malfunction, fell to its side trapping him inside the cabin.

He was freed from the cabin by the fire service and was transferred to the Limassol general hospital where he is still being treated.

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