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Union protests erupt at City of Dreams Mediterranean

Unions accuse Melco of labor law violations

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Europe's first integrated resort aims to enhance the country's tourism offerings and establish itself as a major hub for business and conference tourism, as reported by Philenews.

During a dedicated opening event for City of Dreams Mediterranean on Tuesday, July 11, Lawrence Ho, the Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, shared the company's vision for the project with members of the media.

Ho stated, "Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter. City of Dreams Mediterranean presents Cyprus with a fresh narrative that seamlessly combines local culture, hospitality, and beauty with a unique form of entertainment and experience. This luxurious resort draws inspiration from and incorporates local elements. It empowers Cyprus to explore new markets within the region and beyond. The resort, with its impressive attractions and the largest exhibition facilities on the island, opens up numerous exciting opportunities. It is the result of the incredible dedication and collaboration of thousands of individuals, including our partnerships with the government, the business community, our colleagues, and the people of this island."

Menelaos Shiacolas, the Managing Director of CNS Group, according to the report on Philenews, commented, "The official opening of City of Dreams Mediterranean on July 10, 2023, is a significant day for everyone at CNS Group. This project is truly unique in Cyprus and significantly enhances the country's reputation as a top destination. We take great pride in our exceptional partnership with Melco, a company whose expertise, industry knowledge, and unwavering commitment have made this extraordinary integrated resort a reality."

Grant Johnson, the Property Manager of the City of Dreams Mediterranean, expressed gratitude to the people of Cyprus for embracing the project and making it possible. He also paid tribute to his colleagues for their tireless dedication over the years. Johnson stated, "This remarkable achievement is a testament to the exceptional cooperation and support we have received here in Cyprus. This resort, the largest of its kind in Europe, is the result of collaboration. Our brand, entertainment expertise, thrilling gaming offerings, and exceptional guest experience, combined with Cyprus' culture and hospitality, create a powerful combination. Cyprus is now well-prepared to compete in the luxury tourism and large-scale conferences sectors across Europe and the Middle East."

City of Dreams Mediterranean features a fourteen-story hotel with 500 guest rooms and suites, designer-brand shopping, sports facilities, an outdoor amphitheater, a family adventure park, conference and exhibition spaces, a modern and spacious gaming experience, as well as fine dining options.

In a dispute highlighted by the report on Philenews, two unions representing employees of City of Dreams Mediterranean have accused Melco of violating labor laws.

The Pancyprian Federation of Labour (Peo) and the Democratic Labour Federation of Cyprus (Deok) claim that the company obstructed unionization efforts and prevented them from entering the property.

According to the report, last week, they announced plans to hold a protest outside City of Dreams Mediterranean on July 11, coinciding with a media event for the resort's opening.

Subsequently, Deok withdrew from the planned protest but issued a statement emphasizing that Melco "must recognize that its business activities take place within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus and should stop acting as a separate entity."

However, Peo proceeded with the protest, emphasizing their determination until the company guarantees union representatives access to the workplace.

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