The 24-hour strike that was to be held on Tuesday by Limassol municipal workers in protest over the contested promotion of a municipal employee has been postponed, Limassol mayor Nicos Nicolaides said.
Nicolaides told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) on Monday night that he will be meeting with representatives of the Akel-affiliated Peo trade union and the municipal workers who had called the strike to discuss their concerns on Tuesday morning.
Therefore, he said, the 24-hour strike scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed.
Announcing the strike earlier on Monday, the union said 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.
Responding to the union’s announcement, the Limassol municipality said on Monday in a written statement that the strike threat was “unnecessary and unjustified”.
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.”