Workers at the Limassol port are to go on a two-hour work stoppage on Friday morning to protest over the long delay in reaching an agreement with their employer over their collective agreement.
Trade unions that represent the workers said that the work stoppage would take place between 8am and 10am.
The decision was taken after another round of consultations between the unions and the port’s managing companies failed. The consultations are being arbitrated by the transport ministry that offered to facilitate the talks in a bid to help bridge differences.
A representative of the workers told the Cyprus News Agency that in addition to the delay in achieving a collective agreement with the new managers of the Limassol port, there are a number of technical problems and other outstanding issues concerning dock workers.
He criticised what he described as the indifference of the employers and the transport ministry to solve the problems and meet the dock workers’ demands.
The two-hour work stoppage, he said, was not intended to create tension but as a leverage to resolve the dispute.
The workers downed tools earlier in the year over the same issue.
An impromptu work stoppage last October ended after union reps received written reassurances from the workers’ employer, Eurogate Container Terminal, over the negotiations for the collective agreement.
Earlier in the same week, workers from P&O Maritime Cyprus had stopped working for two hours, saying their working conditions were difficult, and that they worked long hours and shifts.
Their unions said at the time that there had been no change in working conditions despite four-month long efforts to reach an agreement.