Cyprus - Migration major challenge for unions - March 8, 2011

The trade union movement is taking up growing migration as a major problem and a big challenge. Currently, 30% of the workforce consists of migrants, of which large numbers have entered the island illegally; 55% of the coast line is not controlled by the legal, internationally recognised government of the Republic of Cyprus. Heavy employer exploitation of migrants is going on, and the extremely low wages of migrants drive many Cypriots into unemployment – currently up to 7% as against 3% three years ago. Moreover, uncontrolled migration may well give rise to xenophobic and in some extreme cases racist attitudes.

English: Tasos Kakoullis, union correspondent

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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