Cyprus port workers strike during disciplinary hearing for union boss

Cyprus Port Authority (CPA) employees last Friday staged a two-hour strike protest of management’s decision to accuse SYALK union boss Demetris Patsalos of turning against the authority in correspondence, statements, and articles, as the Cyprus Mail report.

According to a statement by SIDIKEK-PEO union, the decision to strike was taken in a general assembly of the employees, during which they were briefed on the disciplinary probe against Patsalos, as well as the charges facing him, and the report of the investigating officer.

The union rejected the allegations against Patsallos saying his statements never defamed the CPA nor did it cause any problems to any companies concerned . He was “acting in the capacity of union leader and is covered by the authority’s regulation number 53 that ensures trade union freedoms”.

Patsalos himself said the statements were not made as a CPA employee but as a union rep.

The committee investigating the allegations rescheduled for next week as the CPA chairman, who is a prosecution witness was not able to attend. They will convene again on June 1st.

Earlier last week, a union general assembly called on the CPA’s board to clear Patsalos of all charges.

Two weeks ago, CPA port pilots staged an impromptu two-hour strike for the same reason.

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