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Limassol parents demand permanent solution to bus strikes

Emel employees on strike last week

Limassol secondary school parents’ association announced on Wednesday that they would oppose any renewed agreement between schools and the public transport company Emel because of the threat of further bus strikes.

In its announcement the group welcomed the ending of last week’s strike by Emel employees that had left many students without transportation to and from school.

Bus strikes have been on and off across the island since late last year over non-payment of wages on time. In each case, the strikes were soon called off after the intervention of the transport ministry which mediated for bridging the differences between striking employees and bus companies.

The parents called on the transport ministry, the bus company and its employees to seek a permanent solution to the recurring problems so that school routes can run smoothly.

The parents warned that given that students are currently in the final stretch of the school year, with some preparing to take the national examinations, any further disruptions due to strike action would lead them to take measures to oppose any renewed contract between schools and the Limassol public transport company.

“Parents organisations will make clear to the school managements that they will refuse to pay any invoices that will be issued by the company,” the announcement said.

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