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Arrests over illegal workers at two slaughterhouses (Updated)

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The Cypra slaughterhouse in Kato Moni

The owners of Cypra and A&A slaughterhouses in Nicosia and some of their workers were arrested on Wednesday as part of checks that were carried out at the facilities.

The arrests were made as members from the immigration service and labour ministry carried out renewed checks at the businesses in the wake of the Cypra scandal, which broke earlier this month.

At the first slaughterhouse, three illegal migrants were arrested along with the owner. Three undeclared workers were also found, but it was not clear what – if any – action has been taken against them.

At the second slaughterhouse a total of seven arrests were made, including six migrants without work permits and the owner. There were also three undeclared workers at the second facility.

It is understood that the owners were arrested to be reported in writing and have since been released.

Slaughterhouses specifically have been in the spotlight after it emerged earlier this month that 92 workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Cypra facility in Kato Moni.

On Tuesday it was announced that Cypra has been fined €213,500 after authorities found 61 undeclared workers at its premises during an inspection.

The fines correspond to €3,500 per undeclared worker employed over the last seven months.

The company has 30 days to pay the fine. If paid within the time limit, 30 per cent of the fine will be forgiven.

Of the workers, 79 appear to not be registered and paying social insurance contributions. The majority, 76, are third country nationals who are either students or asylum seekers, while 11 arrived in Cyprus to work at a different company and were found to be working at the slaughterhouse illegally.



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