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Extraordinary meeting today with the Ministers for the workers at the Port of Larnaca

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Kition sent them a letter dismissal and thus the meeting with the Ministers that was scheduled for Thursday will take place today

The workers at the port and marina of Larnaca received dismissal letters on Tuesday night from the company Kition Ocean Holdings Ltd, after its contract was terminated by the Ministry of Transport on Monday. Therefore, the meeting of the workers' representatives with the Ministers of Labor and Transport, which was scheduled for Thursday morning, was moved to this afternoon at 4 pm.

“Last night, dismissal letters were given to the workers of Kition from the company”, said OMEPEGE-SEK CEO Charalambos Augusti to KYPE, noting that today the workers are normally at the port, although they have been laid off.

“The meeting with the two Ministers has been brought forward for this afternoon, after the Council of Ministers”, he added, noting that “we are waiting for information on how they will be employed”. He said that there are already assurances from the Ministers of Labor and Transport, while he also referred to statements by the President of the Republic on the same issue.

“I believe that we all have the will to ensure that these workers are not victimized, so they will find a way”, he said.

He noted that a preliminary discussion had taken place on Monday with the Minister of Labor where some ideas were discussed as to how the matter might be resolved. “I believe that some of what we discussed on Monday will be implemented,” he said, noting that he is optimistic.

Today the port works under the guidance of the Ports Authority, he added, clarifying, however, that the workers cannot be employed by the Ports Authority. He confirmed that the port is working normally, although the cranes and machinery owned by Kition are not being used. “Ships are loaded and unloaded with other machines,” he said, noting that workers said the process might be a little slower. , noting that “there is only one way to find a solution”, as the workers are the ones who have been carrying out the work at the port for the last two years and “they are necessary to stay at the port for the smooth transition and work of the port”.

For her part, the CEO of SEGDAMELIN PEO, Natia Kyritsis, told KYPE that a letter was given by the Kition company on Tuesday evening, with the company considering that it no longer has employees.

“Our position is that the same job that Kition had will be taken by someone else. He must give it to the workers who are inside and doing it,” he said, noting that these are qualified, professional people with regulated working conditions, who know through the Collective Labor Agreement and employers and employees their working conditions.

“The new regime should employ the workers who did the work of the port, with the same conditions and their collective agreement”, he said. He clarified that the existing collective agreement expires on June 1, 2025, when it will be renewed.

Asked if the State is considered their employer by taking over the port's activities from the Ports Authority, she replied that it is not specified, noting that Kition has an obligation to pay the workers' debts for May.

As she said, the operational part of the port employs cablemen, porters, crane drivers, technical electrical engineers, the logistics department and clerical staff.

He noted that on Monday, in a meeting, the Minister of Labor and Social Insurance, Yiannis Panagiotou, said that the Government is positive and does not want to victimize any worker.

“Today all these issues should be clarified, there should be an agreement under which regime” the workers will work, he said, stressing that it is non-negotiable that these workers have the right to continue.

Asked to confirm that the port is working normally, under the Ports Authority, he said that “yes, it is working normally, with the consent of the workers”.

In addition, in his statements on Tuesday night, the President of the Republic , Nikos Christodoulidis, asked “that there should be no concern especially for the workers”, regarding the issue of the port, which is one of the issues that will be discussed at the Council of Ministers on Wednesday morning.

termination of the contract, with the Kition company, with a total value of €1.2 billion, the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Alexis Vafeadis, announced on Monday, saying that this decision was actually taken after consultations with the Legal Service.

< p>source: KYPE

Source: 24h.com.cy

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