Employees of the Nicosia sewerage board held a 24-hour warning strike on Wednesday in protest over the board’s outsourcing of work to the private sector.
Some 15 people, both employees and reps of workers’ unions Peo and Sek, gathered outside the Nicosia sewerage board premises holding banners that read “No to the outsourcing of services,” and telling passers-by to join the effort by not paying their sewerage charges.
“The organisation has invoked and exploited the economic crisis in recent years, and has outsourced work to the private sector in almost the entire range of its activities,” workers’ unions Peo and Sek said.
“They claim that such outsourcing is less costly, but we believe the opposite, and it also poses a high risk of leaving its own employees without work,” a Sek union rep told the Cyprus Mail on Wednesday.
The unions added that the sewerage board has stopped repairing the specialised vehicles which maintain drains, citing the high costs of such repairs due to the age of the vehicles.
As a result, unions said, the board has outsourced these services to the private sector at enormous additional costs.