Cyprus -Efforts ongoing to avoid wider strike action -January 31, 2012

By the end of January, Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous had intensive meetings with both the unions and the employers’ federation in an effort to avert widespread strikes. Her initiative was conducted amid an ongoing 24-hour strike by porters and dock workers at the Limassol and Larnaca ports. Construction workers and employees of soft drink companies have also announced 24-hour warning strikes for early February. The suggestion of the OEV employers' federation for a unilateral two-year wage freeze and other cutbacks in the private sector was met by staunch disapproval of the unions. The minister, a former union official herself, is expected to play a key role in mediating a deal between the two sides.

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