Cyprus -Quarrel on extension of opening hours -October 10, 2013

The extension of the opening hours in the retail sector has led to a fierce dispute between consumer organisations, unions and representatives of retailers. A decree, which came into force in July 2013 on a pilot basis to be renewed– when it is due to expire – until the end of November, was heavily criticized. So far the response from consumers and big business has been positive, but, a televised discussion degenerated into a shouting match when representatives from large and small businesses were interviewed. The head of the Consumers Union and Quality of Life accused the responsible ministry of failing to research the issue and its ramifications properly. Changing the market ‘to benefit monopolies and oligopolies’ would eventually harm consumers who would be facing higher prices. Meanwhile, families were suffering and reports were coming in of people being employed for less than the obligatory minimum wage.

English: http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/10/10/opening-hours-extension ...  

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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