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Vasilikon cement factory workers return to work

Workers at the Vassilikos cement company in Limassol have ended their indefinite strike following a meeting yesterday at which the Cyprus Labour Minister, Sotiroulla Charalambous, put forward a mediation proposal.

EMPLOYEES at Vassilikos cement company will return to work today, after a meeting was held yesterday at the labour ministry.

During the meeting, Labour Minister, Sotiroulla Charalambous put forward a mediation proposal concerning the renewal of their collective agreement.

The cement factory employees went on indefinite strike over their collective agreement on March 1, saying that it was not being observed. A few days later concrete makers said they were halting work because they had no cement left.

“The labour ministry has submitted the outline of [a number of] proposals with a view to renewing the branch’s collective agreement,” said Charalambous.

After dialogue with both sides the company said that it respected the labour relations code and the collective agreement, she added.

According to Charalambous, over the next few days she will submit her final recommendations. “The employees’ representatives will submit the proposals at a general meeting of its employees today and as I have said over the next few days I will submit my final suggestions on the renewal of [their] collective agreement,” said Charalambous.

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