The spectre of power cuts was raised as EAC, Cyta and port workers announced strikes on Friday in opposition to privatisation legislation approved by the government.
The EAC workers will walk out at 7am on Friday and will remain on strike for 12 hours. Cyta and the ports were starting their strike at midnight and were planning to continue until midnight on Friday.
And the Cyprus Transmission System Operator warned last night that if one of the generating units broke down there was the possibility that the entire island could be blacked out.
It compounded the coalition woes for President Nicos Anastasiades. Coalition partner Diko has misgivings about the sales and is furious over the decision to re-open peace talks.
“The Turkish side got most of what it wanted even before negotiations started,” party leader Nicolas Papadopoulos told reporters.
The Democratic Party accused Anastasiades of reneging on a pledge to retract perceived concessions to Turkish Cypriots. The concessions were granted by the Christofias government, which lost power to Anastasiades a year ago.
A source told Reuters yesterday that the party would probably decide next week whether it would remain in the government.
Diko’s support is crucial to passing the privatisation plan in parliament and for Cyprus to get €236m of aid from the EU and IMF.
Late last night the Electricity Authority of Cyprus issued a list of areas that would be affected by a rolling system of blackouts on www.eac.com.cy.