NICOSIA – Rolling power cuts are taking place throughout Cyprus on Tuesday as part of protest measures by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) against government plans to privatise semi governmental organisations.
Speaking on state radio, Head of the Transmission System Operator (TSO) Christos Christodoulides confirmed that the power cuts started at 8.00am and are scheduled to end at 5.00pm. The electricity cuts will last for an hour each time and will affect various areas in Cyprus. A power cuts schedule is available on the EAC website.
EAC president Costas Gavrielides said he respected employees right to strike but said the protests measures should not take place at the expense of the public.
The EAC has been threatening strike action since the government pledged to the Troika to pass the privatisation bill through by March 5.
The bill is currently before the House Finance Committee and is set to go to the plenary for a vote on Thursday.
Last year, the Cypriot government agreed a deal with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and international money lenders Troika on a €10 billion bailout with one of the conditions of the agreement being to implement the privatisation of the EAC, CyTA and the Cyprus Ports Authority – all currently semi-governmental organisations.