Cyprus - EAC workers go on strike - March 31, 2016

Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) worker unions have called their members to a long-term work stoppage starting on 6April 2016 in protest to the state’s ongoing plans to split the semi-government organisation. A cabinet decision on splitting the EAC into two entities was a precondition set by the Troika of international lenders for disbursing the next and final loan tranche of €400 million by the end of March 2016. Unions fear that splitting EAC into transmission and production and supply on the other, will make it easier in the future for the government to sub-contract part or even the whole company to a private-sector operators who can offer lower costs. Cyprus’ electricity market was legally liberalised in January 2014.

English: http://in-cyprus.com/eac-workers-strike-april-6/

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