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Striking Paphos bus drivers threaten protest at palace if no progress by Monday

Osypa buses in Paphos

Paphos bus drivers warned on Sunday that if there were no developments in resolving their wages issues, they would protest outside the presidential palace in their vehicles.

The on-again-off-again strike by bus company Osypa’s drivers, continued on Sunday and no progress has been made in resolving the financial dispute between the state and the public transport provider, according to CNA.

Christos Evangelou, a spokesman for the drivers told the news agency the ‘misunderstanding between the state and the company has been going on for eight years, leaving the workers now without their November wages. They also want a pledge to be paid their December salaries and their 13th salaries.

“If there are no developments by tomorrow [Monday] Osypa employees. will travel in their buses to the presidential palace,” he said.

Evangelou also called on the transport ministry to consult either with the company or with the employees themselves in order to find a solution.
The intermittent strike measures have caused serious problems for public transport users who are mainly students, the elderly, low-income workers and tourists.