Threat of more strikes at Cypriot ports

Threat of more strikes at Cypriot ports

Port workers, led by pilots, who downed tools at Limassol and Larnaca ports yesterday for four hours have warned another two-day strike could be on the cards from January 18 if their demands are not met.

The port workers are demanding that they can be included as candidates to undertake the running of the island’s ports once they are privatised.

Yesterday’s strike, led by port pilots, ran from 6am to 10am.

Workers are worried of mass redundancies once the island’s main ports are privatised.

Transport Minister Marios Demetriades appeared unrelenting, saying the privatisation process would not be hindered. Tenders are expected to be submitted by January 21.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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