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Workers stage second impromptu strike at port (updated)

Around 80 workers at the Eurogate Container Terminal at Limassol port who went on an impromptu work stoppage on Thursday morning went back to work some five hours later after reassurances there would be progress in negotiations with their employer concerning their collective agreement.

The work stoppage by members of trade unions who are involved in negotia-tions for the collective agreement with the company’s management started at 6.30am.

Among the problems that led to the strike were reportedly delays to the proce-dure but also safety issues in the workplace.

The work stoppage ended after union reps received written reassurances from the company concerning the negotiations for the collective agreement.

This is the second work stoppage at the port this week.

On Wednesday, workers from P&O Maritime Cyprus stopped working between 3pm and 5pm, saying their working conditions are difficult, and that they work long hours and shifts.

Their unions had said that there has been no change in working conditions de-spite four-month long efforts to reach an agreement.

That strike ended when the labour ministry mediated with the unions and decid-ed to find an interim solution to their problems by Monday.

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