Cyprus - Paphos airport ground workers on strike - August 31, 2016

Ground services staff at Paphos airport stopped work after negotiations on collective agreements collapsed. All ground services were affected including passenger service crews, luggage handlers, drivers and despatchers. The work stoppage, coordinated by the SEK, PEO, and DEOK unions, at Larnaca airport on 4 July lasted 90 minutes. At issue in the dispute are allegations by Swissport and LGS workers that collective agreements are not being observed. SEK union’s representatives told that they were forced to take action following a 14-month period of negotiations with the two companies that got nowhere. Employers were demanding that workers be paid normal rate when working on holidays, and unilaterally withheld pay increments. According to the unions, the two companies are demanding reductions in salaries and in provident fund contributions. The unions do not rule out escalating measures, though workers are willing to enter a dialogue as long as employers withdraw their demands.


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