Bus drivers are striking in Paphos and Limassol, inconveniencing thousands of passengers and particularly school pupils.
Bus services are running normally in the other districts.
Bus drivers, technical and office staff of the Paphos bus company went on strike at 6 am. A spokesman for the drivers told the Cyprus News Agency that 5000 pupils and another 3500 passengers would be affected.
The employees are striking over the non-payment of their salaries because of the government’s delay in paying the state’s contribution.
The Transport Ministry has appealed for dialogue in a new bid to resolve the dispute. The new permanent secretary Stavros Michail has also said that state payments will be submitted to the Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Famagusta bus companies on Monday so that salaries can be paid.
The state and bus companies are locked in a dispute over payments, with the government saying that bus companies have been overpaid and is claiming back surplus amounts.