Cyprus Mail

Construction workers say they’ve run out of patience

Construction workers have authorised their trade unions to announce strike measures when it is deemed necessary to defend their rights and convince employers to respect their collective agreement, Peo union said on Friday.

After general meetings in all districts, Peo said in a written statement that construction workers have authorised unions Peo, Sek and Deok to announce measures whenever they deem it necessary.

“All general meetings were carried out in a spirit of unity but there was intense feeling of anger, indignation and determination, sending the clear message to the Federation of Cyprus Building Contractors (Oseok), to finally respect the agreements and invite its members to apply the collective agreement,” the union said.

Construction workers, it said, have run out of patience and are ready to fight for the full implementation of the collective agreement and the restoration of their slashed salaries and benefits.

The workers’ general meetings urged Oseok to stop stalling and being evasive, the union said, by engaging in unnecessary consultations and trying to distort facts.

Workers have sent a clear message to all stakeholders involved in the dispute “not to attempt to underestimate their intelligence and to rise up to the occasion.”

Peo said that it would cooperate with the other trade unions to carry on the struggle and succeed, “because, firstly, the right is on the part of the workers, and secondly, because they simply ask for the obvious, (respect of) the collective agreement signed between the two parties.”

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