Four Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) unions on Wednesday went on a 12-hour strike – from 7am to 7pm – demanding the opening up of 390 job positions.
The Finance Ministry’s 2023 budget has greenlighted only 145 positions.
The strike will not inconvenience the public, a union spokesman assured on state radio early on Wednesday.
At the same time, a general one is scheduled for Thursday afternoon outside Parliament.
Unions argue there was absolutely no progress on restoring the wages to the level they would have been had incremental raises scrapped five years ago not taken place.
Additionally, the protesters will call for a full restoration of automatic price indexation.
However, the EAC Board of Directors has already warned protesters that “in today’s international atmosphere of uncertainty and social anxiety around energy, it is essential that all stakeholders demonstrate responsibility, good sense and empathy.”
And that when society is being tested, with the price of electricity being set in accordance with factors beyond the Authority’s control, additional tensions and pressures should not be placed on citizens.
The Board’s announcement also noted that Wednesday’s measures inconvenience the public and harm EAC.