Limassol bus drivers will be back behind the wheel again on Thursday after reaching a temporary agreement with employers. Earlier on Wednesday, EMEL drivers staged a 24-hour strike over a pay dispute, later voting to continue industrial action indefinitely.
But agreement was reached late on Wednesday night, to the relief of thousands of people, including pensioners and school children, who rely on the bus service.
The deal is temporary and will be followed by consultations between the Communications Ministry, the bus company and trade unions.
Unions had said the work stoppage would be suspended once EMEL paid the March salaries in full and negotiations began but quickly ended in stalemate.
Sek representative Yiannis Tsouris told reporters the employees’ payroll had been reduced by 15% even though unions were in the midst of working alongside management to find other ways to cut operational costs.