Workers at Lanitis, one of the largest companies in Cyprus, who announced they would go on a one-day strike on Tuesday, said later the 24-hour work stoppage had been called off pending a meeting between the company, the unions and the labour ministry set for Thursday.
Earlier, trade unions Segdamelin-Peo and Obiek-Sek said they had decided on the industrial action after a labour dispute arose due to outsourcing at the Lanitis Ltd plant which produces Coca Cola, juices and milk.
“Over the past decade, the company has abolished more than 300 jobs by outsourcing, ending the production of canned products and Lanitis juice in Cyprus and importing these products from abroad,” an announcement said.
The last straw was the insistence by the company to outsource part of the work which employees carried out at the warehouse in Nicosia until now, the unions added.
“This shows that the assurances by the company that it will not reduce salaries and benefits for employees are just empty words. The plan to outsource the work to people who get paid much less proves this. In fact, every time they say it is the last time, but it doesn’t stop.”