Larnaca and Paphos join Limassol bus company for Monday strike

Sat 01 Dec 2018
A 24-hour strike by three out of the six bus companies operating across the island, those of Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos, is expected to take place on Monday.

Limassol bus company Elem, Larnaca’s Zenon and Osypa in Paphos have confirmed their readiness for Monday’s strike, while the remaining three companies – Osel in Nicosia, Osea in the Famagusta district, and Intercity – have expressed their willingness to also take action based on developments.

The strike is in response to employees not receiving their November wages, CNA reported on Saturday. Employees are also asking for the return of their collective agreement. The strike was announced after meetings between all sides failed.

Earlier in November, public transport companies said they were facing closure if the government deducted substantial amounts from the monthly subsidy payments made to them, after it was announced that the state would recover around €25m owed to it by the companies.

Transport Minister, Vassiliki Anastassiadou, had said the government must reclaim that money following a ruling of an independent arbitration committee that was tasked about a year ago to weigh in on the matter.

The government and the six public transport companies had agreed to seek the input of the committee about a year ago following disagreements as to the amount owed to the state from overpayments to the bus companies.


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