Dockworkers at the Limassol port have decided once again to initiate a work stoppage on Friday citing problems in negotiating a collective agreement.
Union talks broke down earlier this year when stevedores and union representatives failed to come to an agreement with their employers, DP World Limassol and Eurogate who are managing the port.
Workers cite a number of technical issues as well as the lack of a collective agreement, as the reasons behind a two-hour stoppage on Friday, between 8am and 10am.
Experts pointed out from the beginning that a “close shop” mentality was destined to collide with the company’s new way of doing business
A representative of the dockworkers told Cyprus News Agency on Thursday that despite a last-ditch effort by intermediaries to broach an agreement, an array of pending issues remained.
Some of the problems include violations of the terms based on the old collective agreement, which is being “totally disregarded” by the new employers according to the protesters, who point fingers both at their bosses as well as government officials.
DP World, a global port and terminal operator, took over operations in Limassol back in January 2017.
But experts pointed out from the beginning that the previous operator, the Cyprus Port Authority, had struck deals and drafted agreements with stevedores that were deemed as having a “close shop” mentality, something which was destined to collide with the company’s new way of doing business.