Cyprus - Greek and Turkish Cypriot public sector workers on strike - December 31, 2015

Trade unions in both the north and south of Cyprus are mobilising public sector workers. A strike at the Electric Authority (EAC) of Cyprus was narrowly averted as workers’ representatives met with president Anastasiades. The EAC is being privatised under pressure from external creditors. While the state aims to keep a majority share in the EAC, employees fear working conditions will deteriorate. Employees of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) could go on strike after union representatives failed to find common ground with president Anastasiades. Electricity workers in Northern Cyprus, meanwhile, joined a major public sector strike. The strike on 8 December, organised by the Turkish Cypriot Unions Platform, included workers from the public sector, education, health care and electricity industry.


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