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EAC unions to decide Friday whether to strike

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Trade unions representing workers at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) are on Friday set to decide which industrial action to take in order to force the government to address their grievances.

Over the past fortnight the power utility’s employees have been holding separate votes authorising their unions to take action as they see fit.

The final decision is expected on Friday. Reports say many workers are pushing for immediate strikes as of next week; others argue for softer measures like work-to-rule and refusing to work overtime, giving the EAC management the opportunity to engage them before they escalate.

A key grievance relates to the government’s decision to suspend compensation, in the form of back pay, following the administrative court’s recent decision that declared invalid benefits and salary cuts implemented in the broader public sector in 2012.

The ruling also meant that the affected individuals were entitled to immediate compensation for what they lost since 2012.

But the state is appealing that court decision, and wants to freeze the payment of any such compensation until a final judgment is delivered by the supreme court.

EAC workers want the compensation to be paid to them now.

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