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All concrete production stops due to lack of cement

The indefinite strike by workers at the Vassilikos Cement Works on Cyprus’ southern coast has resulted in the production of concrete across the Island coming to a halt as the manufacturers have run out of their stocks of cement.

THE CONCRETE-MAKING industry will halt work as of today after running out of cement due to the ongoing strike at the island’s only cement factory, concrete makers said yesterday.

Employers at Vassilikos Cement Works went on strike last Thursday over their collective agreements.

“Supply stopped on Thursday and we have been using our stock. But we have run out,” said Neoclis Kyriacou, the head of the Cyprus Association of Ready-Made Concrete Manufacturers.

“We managed to stretch our stocks,” Kyriacou said.

Cement sales fell by over 40 per cent last year in comparison to 2010.

Fewer building permits are being issued and most new projects are classified as ‘small’.

Concrete makers said that business has marked a “drastic fall” of 70 per cent from 2008, when the property market was at its peak before the bubble burst.

The employees of Vassilikos cement factory said their collective agreements were not being met. They went on indefinite strike following the introduction of cost-cutting measures, including the scrapping of wage rises.

Cement works’ “employees have seen a 12.3 per cent increase of wages over the last three years as the company saw sales fall by 40.6 per cent,” said an announcement from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE), to which the concrete members’ association belongs.

KEVE said the fact employees were looking for wage rises “diametrically opposes the kind of behaviour everyone is asked to adopt at times of financial crisis”.

Over 74 per cent of the company’s 170 employees earn more than €32,500, before overtime, according to Cement Works statistics.

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  • UBoat says:

    Greedy B—-s is what I say.

    I work In the crane and equipment side of the British construction industry, and have NOT had a pay rise in over 4 (yes 4) years. While all around me is going up. So their 12,3 percent is a real luxury, they should get real at this time. Are they blind to the lack of building going on in Cyprus ???

    Yet another group of people that Rely on the Construction of new properties.

    Funny isn’t it how much is tied in with the construction industry when you get down to it … ???

    Again all linked back to being able to move property.

    UBoat

  • jon frazer says:

    I’m surprised that they actually bother to put cement into the concrete here in Cyprus. Judging by the way that the curbstones fall to bits after a few months,I would think they use gravel and mud.

    Joking aside, I was speaking to an architect who told me that he was rarely able to obtain quality specification certificates from concrete suppliers. I find that worrying (on top of everything else!!)

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