Cyprus - Public sector strike looms - October 31, 2017

Public sector unions said they considered to strike after talks about pay rises with the finance minister broke down. Unions were hoping to arrive at a consensual arrangement on the basis of the basic provision of the framework agreement linking nominal GDP with the sum of the demands. However, the finance minister’s approach concerning the said provision did not help continue the dialogue and a deadlock emerged. The framework agreement, unions said, affects some 24,000 workers and pensioners. In a written statement following the meeting, the minister said granting pay rises on the eve of the elections would signal a return to the bad practices of the past.

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