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Limassol bus drivers threaten strike if wage cuts not restored

Drivers with the Limassol bus company Emel have given a deadline until the end of the month to have their salary cuts and benefits restored or they will take industrial measures, they said.

A letter has been sent to the transport and labour ministries given a warning of possible strike measures.

Sek and Peo unions said the company had been obliged, from January 1 2018, to return the wages and benefits slashed in 2014 amid the financial crisis. The amount includes 14th salaries and overtime, they said.

The Cyprus News Agency reported that the unions had been informed of a study by the ministry, which is due to be finalised before the end of the month that covers all outstanding issues relating to the transport companies after a series of strikes recently in Paphos and Larnaca, including the collective agreements of the workers.
The unions say however that if by the end of the month the company does not fulfil the contractual obligations outstanding since the beginning of last year, the strikes would resume.

In their letter, the unions said the Emel workers were not claiming new increases but only wanted to be reimbursed for the benefits they lost in 2014, and emphasised that they “have shown tremendous tolerance and responsibility of their own volition but have exhausted all the room for dialogue”.

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