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Nicosia bus strike continues on Thursday, Larnaca drivers back at work (updated)

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Nicosia bus drivers will remain on strike on Thursday as mediation efforts by the labour ministry continue. Larnaca drivers went back to work on Wednesday.

Employees of bus company Cyprus Public Transport (CPT) which operates buses in Nicosia and Larnaca went on strike on Tuesday as the ministry mediated talks between representatives of the employees’ trade unions and the company.

The labour ministry submitted a proposal to the unions which the majority of Larnaca employees accepted after a meeting.

In Nicosia, the strike continues on Thursday, with the employees protesting the non-payment of accruals.

A new meeting will be held “to find solutions to the many and serious problems faced by employees, which remain unresolved despite the commitments of management. The lifting of the strike measures is expected immediately after the immediate additional payment of the accruals to all the employees”, unions announced.

According to the unions, the “the incorrect payment has been made for the second consecutive month and even the mistakes in the July salary were not corrected for a number of employees. This was confirmed in yesterday’s direct meeting of the unions with the company where the case of an employee was used as an example for checking.”

In a statement on Wednesday, CPT said: “As a gesture of goodwill, the company will proceed to pay part of the non-working hours according to the new interpretation of the collective agreement we have reached.”

The company added they expect this gesture to eventually bring an end to the strike.

On Tuesday, the bus company said it had not been given even a day to address the problems and had not been warned of the strike in advance.

 

 

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Source: Cyprus News Agency