Cyprus -Electricity workers oppose privatisation, strike suspended -March 27, 2015

Votes yielded 95 to 98% in favour of authorising EAC-affiliated trade unions to carry out strike action.

An overwhelming majority of Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) workers has given their union leaders a blank cheque to call strikes, in a bid to thwart plans to privatise the state-owned power utility. Votes taken at regional meetings yielded percentages of 95 to 98% in favour of authorising EAC-affiliated trade unions to carry out ‘dynamic measures’, including strike action, should the government proceed with privatisation plans. After the government agreed to delay the first stage in a process seen as culminating in the power utility’s privatisation the trade unions said they would suspend any industrial action until April 15, as a goodwill gesture in order not to inconvenience the public.

English: http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/03/26/eac-unions-call-off-strike/

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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