Civil Servants in Cyprus strike set to go ahead tomorrow

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The Republic of Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades made one last attempt last night to deter public sector employees to go on the arranged strike tomorrow by organising a meeting today with PASYDY boss Glafcos Hadjipetrou and representatives from the teachers unions.
The Republic of Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades made one last attempt last night to deter public sector employees to go on the arranged strike tomorrow by organising a meeting today with PASYDY boss Glafcos Hadjipetrou and representatives from the teachers unions.

If union bosses are unconvinced, the 12-hour warning strike will go ahead as planned, to protest the Government’s plan to tax the retirement bonus of civil servants. Joining the Teachers and Police Officers 12 hour strike will be Doctors, who are planning to stage a longer 24 hour strike.

The PASYDY delegation met with Georgiades, following a letter the minister sent on Tuesday to all unions inviting them to negotiate, stating that the retirement bonus in fact won’t be subject to taxation but instead paid out in installments annually so as not to burden public finances.

Public sector employees have already faced income cuts of 30% and are not satisfied with the Governments suggestions so far, and demand that the state respects their retirement rights. Also the number of public sector employees has been dramatically reduced, forcing those left to work much harder to cope with the additional work load.

The PASYDY boss and President now faces having to create a means of funding the states need to cover the cost of the guaranteed minimum income (GMI) payments, without it being at the expense of the public sectors retirement.