The head of the civil servants’ union (Pasydy) Stratis Matheou said on Thursday that smart working has not yet being properly introduced in the public sector, claiming that for now there have been only suggestions and recommendations but not an actual plan to implement it.
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Matheou said smart working for public sector workers should be a priority, considering the amount of vulnerable people working in small offices where safe distancing is not a feasible option.
“We have been repeatedly told by the government that we are going through a difficult situation, that we are facing a pandemic and that the virus is still among us,” he said.
“Therefore, I think more should be done for the civil servants, as of now many of them are working in places that can be considered unsafe.”
Matheou then praised all health workers, “who are going above and beyond their call of duty to help patients, especially at the Famagusta reference hospital.”
“These people are at their limits, they have been working non-stop for months. I hope more health workers will be hired by hospitals and clinics soon to alleviate their workload,” Matheou said.
Finally, he acknowledged the difficulties faced by civil servants living in Limassol and Paphos who have to travel to Nicosia every day to work, specifically queuing to get tested.
“I hope the restrictive measures in the two cities will help bring the number of cases down, so they can return to their normal lives,” Matheou concluded.