21 January 2014 14:50

The House Labour Committee is awaiting government suggestions on how knowledge of the Greek language could be introduced as a pre-requisite for some professions.
Speaking after the meeting, House Labour Committee chairman Andreas Fakontis said that one of the issues discussed was introducing knowledge of the Greek language as a necessary qualification in a number of professions.
"We expect the government to, by the end of February as promised, come to the House with ways for the Greek language to be introduced to certain professions, starting with the hotel and hospitality industry," he said.
Fakontis also said that: "Obtaining and consolidating professional qualifications is a must at a time when there are so many unemployed people."
He added that gaining additional skills would give workers "a comparative advantage on getting work in Cyprus and other EU countries".
The House Labour Committee yesterday also continued discussion on the revised text of a bill connected to workplace facilities for people with special needs.
Noting that the government disagreed on a point connected to the cost of introducing the changes outlined in the law, Fakontis said: "The committee decided to make some small changes and send the difference of opinion to the Law Office of the Republic for a ruling within 15 days."
Committee member, Green Party MP George Perdikis said that the current laws contained many obstacles to employing people with special needs in the private sector such as the facilities an employer was obliged to provide them.
"I have been trying to remove these obstacles since 2007," Perdikis said.


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