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Lorry drivers to resume work at port on Saturday (Updated)

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Lorry drivers will resume work on Saturday at Limassol port after operators Eurogate conceded to their demands for improvement in service through delay reductions, plus increases in staff and equipment.

The two-day strike by some 300 drivers who lined up the roads outside the container terminal with trucks came to an end on Friday, as agreements were reached in a meeting between the transport ministry, the drivers’ branch of Povek union, and representatives of the two managing companies of the Limassol port, Eurogate and DP World.

Limassol port will reopen at 7am on Saturday, while employees are expected to work all through Sunday to clear the backlog of loading and unloading a reported 1,500 containers.

Eurogate, the company managing the container terminal at the port, agreed to a number of demands tabled by the drivers, such as reducing their waiting time, an increase in staff, and an increase in the number of loading and unloading machinery.

While concessions made by Eurogate are preliminary and immediate measures, Povek will seek a more definitive solution to the matter through a dialogue with the transport ministry, the state broadcaster Cybc said.

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