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Admin helpers in primary schools demand permanent contracts

Auxiliary administrative staff for primary schools marched to the parliament on Wednesday to demand permanent employment.

Holding placards reading “14 years of starvation wages”, dozens of administrative staff helpers marched to the Filoxenia conference centre temporarily hosting parliament meetings.

Earlier, the workers had submitted a letter to the education ministry asking for their positions to be made permanent. The union had also announced a 24-hour strike for Wednesday.

“We are the backbone of the school and we need some appreciation,” said the president of the Limassol branch of the Equality union, Marika Athanatou who was at the protest.

Athanatou said that the staff were not getting paid on time with wages sometimes delayed by up to four months.

The president of the Pancyprian union of the auxiliary administrative staff of primary education Fani Vasiliou, said the union has been asking for equal treatment with secondary school staff since 2006, when the positions were first introduced.

To assist the needs of schools, all school boards can directly hire auxiliary administrative staff, to be employed for 15 to 38 hours per week, depending on the needs and size of the school.

At present, all auxiliary staff work under ten-month contracts. Before the beginning of a new school year, their contracts are renewed, but the number of hours, as their salary, varies every year.



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