Construction workers at the “City of Dreams” casino in Limassol went on strike on Wednesday to protest the late payment of their salaries by J&P Avax, one of the biggest construction firms operating in Cyprus.
According to trade union Sek, which represents the workers who went on strike, J&P Avax has for several months been late in paying wages, leaving workers in a constant state of financial uncertainty.
“The workers are always unsure whether they will be paid on time,” Panicos Kadis, a representative of Sek told the Cyprus Mail.
“This situation has been going on for quite some time and prompted our members to take action. To not be paid on time means not being able to pay rent, mortgages and bills. We cannot allow that to happen anymore,” he said.
The strike is expected to only last for a day, as J&P Avax has told the workers they will be paid by the end of the day.
“The workers are waiting to see whether they will receive their salaries today,” Kadis said. “We were assured that they will. Should that be the case, they will return to work.”
Kadis, however, said there are other longstanding complaints by the workers regarding the construction company.
“We have asked J&P Avax for a meeting in order to discuss other complaints from their workers, aside from the late payments of salaries.
“I can assure that the strike will end today if they will be paid, but we still need to address other issues that have affected out members for several months. I hope the firm will be willing to meet with us,” Kadis said.
The casino said it is aware of the situation regarding the workers’ strike at “City of Dreams” construction site.