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Larnaca bus drivers threaten strike

Larnaca bus unions on Tuesday warned they will take legal measures if their salaries are not paid by Wednesday.

“For the sixth consecutive month the Larnaca bus company Zenon has not paid employees’ salaries on time. According to the law, every employer is obliged to pay the salaries of employees at the end of each month,” a joint announcement of Peo, Sek and Deok said. It was addressed to both the company and the ministers of transport and labour.

Employees have tremendous patience and understanding of problems, such as mechanical problems and a lack of air conditioning and work when it is hot and cold, the statement said.

“The least they expect is to be paid their salary on time and be treated with respect.”

The unions reiterated that workers cannot be the means to resolve disputes between the company and the ministry.

“Unfortunately, if the salary of employees is not paid until Wednesday November 7 we reserve the right to take all trade union and legal measures,” they said.

They have said in the past that any problems must be resolved by the company, the transport ministry and the government after it emerged that the company pays the employees only after the government pays the company the next instalment of the state subsidy.

On March 30 this year the Larnaca bus drivers staged a work stoppage when they were paid only 40 per cent of their salaries and were told the rest would be paid on April 6.

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