MEMBERS of the Cyprus Ready Mixed Concrete Association plan to start an indefinite strike on Monday 28 February that will continue until a radical and long-lasting solution to the problems facing the industry are found.
According to a report in the ‘Economy’ inset of the ‘Phileleftheros’ newspaper, the planned strike will affect hundreds of private and public sector development projects valued at more than €2 billion if it lasts longer than 48 hours.
Association members want the government to increase the allowable load carried by ready-mix concrete vehicles and an exemption from the requirement for tachographs to be installed in concrete mixers.
The government is in the process of amending the rules on motor vehicles and road traffic regulations to satisfy the first request. With regard to the second request, EU regulations require concrete mixers to be fitted with tachographs, but exempt them for “vehicles operating on islands not exceeding 2,300 square kilometres and not linked to the mainland by a bridge, ford or tunnel that can be used by motor vehicles”.