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Bill seeks to create workplace inspection service

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou (Christos Theodorides)

A bill seeking the establishment of a workplace inspection service was given three week for discussion between political parties and relevant social bodies by Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou on Tuesday so that consensus can be reached before voting.

The umbrella bill containing 28 laws was discussed at the House labour committee and seeks to establish a workplace inspection service so as to ensure that inspection and penalty mechanisms function more effectively.

“This is a very important bill, which will ensure that workers’ rights are upheld,” said committee chairman Andreas Fakontis after the meeting.

Fakontis said the bill has been through many ordeals, which centre around disagreements between employers’ organisations and workers’ unions regarding the powers allocated to the inspectors by the bill.

“We have given three weeks for the completion of discussions, so that the bill can return to the House labour committee by November in order to be placed before the plenum for voting before Christmas,” Fakontis said.

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