Cyprus Mail

Limassol municipal workers call strike over promotion row

Rubbish collection may be affected by the strike

LIMASSOL municipal workers who are members of the Akel-affiliated Peo trade union are going on a 24-hour strike on Tuesday in protest over the promotion of a municipal employee the union says was unqualified for the post.

The municipality, however, could not say how many of its employees would strike.

Mayor Nicos Nicolaides told the Cyprus Mail that the strike would affect services but that they were working to minimise its impact.

Arrangements would be made for any garbage left uncollected on Tuesday due to the strike to be collected the following day, he said.

The union said in an announcement that the municipal council had unanimously ruled some three months ago that the employee in question was not entitled to any promotion, but despite that, he was recently promoted.

The union also cited other irregularities and problems faced by the employees of the Limassol municipality such as deliberate diversity in staff evaluation “which we note is made only in the face of promotions”.

“Lack of staff, covering permanent needs through outsourcing and party deal-makings by a portion of the municipal council have upset staff and have led to the depreciation of the institution itself by the employees,” the union said.

Limassol municipality said on Monday in a written statement that the strike is “unnecessary and unjustified” and called on the leadership of the union to reconsider.

The strike was decided without any consultations with the mayor or the municipal council, “as dictated by the elementary respect for the thousands of citizens affected.”

Recent promotions in the municipality, it said, “have been made with commitment to the letter and spirit of the laws and regulations governing personnel issues”.

In the past, it said, there were not even staff assessments, “but this had not been deemed as a reason for any strike action”.

Over the past two years, it said “a huge effort has been made to correct a series of serious distortions and operational deficits within the Limassol municipality, with which the mayor and the new municipal council were confronted.”


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