NICOSIA - The Cyprus building strike came to an end late Tuesday after nearly three weeks during which building sites were idled
Building contractors and the unions of construction workers reached Tuesday an agreement in principle with regard to the collective agreement. The agreement puts an end to the workers’ indefinite strike which began on January 24.
The two sides, building contractors and trade unions, accepted the new proposal submitted by Labour Minister Sotiroula Charalambous, which provides for the collective agreement to expire on June 30, 2014. The general assemblies of the unions will ratify the agreement on Wednesday morning and construction workers are expected to get back to work right afterwards.
After the agreement both sides expressed satisfaction, thanking the Labour Minister for her efforts
On her part Charalambous said the agreement constitutes an important step in the right direction for the benefit of the constructions sector, severely hit by the economic crisis.
Construction workers decided to go on a strike, protesting against the new collective agreements proposed by the contractors as well as against the large influx of foreign cheap labour, mostly unskilled. At times the bitter strike flared intio violence as strike breakers attempted to cross picket lines.