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Low paid government workers demand higher pay

In a protest in front of the Presidential Palace, protesters called for the implementation of the agreed-upon salary increase as current wages ''don't fill the fridge''


The "Equality" guild staged a rally outside the Presidential Palace on Monday, followed by a protest march to the Ministry of Finance, highlighting concerns over low-paid public sector workers.

The mobilization kicked off at 08:30 with a rally outside the Presidential Palace, later shifting to a gathering outside the Ministry of Finance.

Guild members prominently displayed banners with slogans like "Tolerance no more, salaries are not enough for electricity," "A2 salaries do not fill the fridge," and "No more mockery, correct the injustice now." Simultaneously, a memorandum was delivered to the Presidential Office.

Lina Andreou, the president of the guild's branch association, emphasized the guild's request to implement the agreement reached on September 31.

Low-paid workers are advocating for a 6.75 euro increase per year, asserting that they have been "frozen" for the past five years, according to Andreou.

Today is considered a milestone in the struggle of low-paid workers for a decent wage and improved living conditions, as stated by the guild. They emphasize unity and determination, asserting their right to demand what they are entitled to and rejecting decisions made without their input. The guild urges workers to convey a "powerful message of dignity and determination."

The government's final position on the issue of low salaries in the public sector is expected today, Monday. The three trade unions involved in the dialogue, PASYDY, OHO-SEK, and SIDHEKEK-PEO, have announced that the government reserves the right to present its final position on Monday, December 4. Consequently, the organizations plan to convene jointly on Tuesday, December 5, to make any necessary decisions.

[Source: Information from CNA]

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