The Lifeguards take to the streets – Their claims include the staffing of beaches that operate all year round in the provinces
In protest at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 15, the professional lifeguards will descend outside the Ministry of the Interior, demanding the implementation by the Ministry of the Interior, of all pending issues, announced the trade unions OEKDY SEK and PASYEK PEO , adding that if the fair requests are not implemented, the reaction measures will be escalated.
In the announcement it is stated that in a meeting held on October 20, 2023 the representatives of the Ministry of the Interior had stated that all the issues raised by the guilds OEKDY SEK and PASYEK PEO will receive a positive and immediate response from the Ministry of the Interior while it is added that “from then no action has been taken and the issues remain pending”.
The claims include the staffing of the beaches that operate all year round in the provinces of Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol and the adequate staffing of the lifeguard towers with two lifeguards as provided by the National Beach Safety Plan “SALAMIS”.
They also claim the full implementation of the National Beach Safety Plan “SALAMIS” which provides for the creation of the Beach Safety Service. “Several problems continue to exist because the Beach Safety Service has not been implemented, which is expected to take over staffing issues, equipment, Lifeguard training, supervision, beach bather safety planning, the implementation of a uniform policy throughout the territory of the Republic of Cyprus for the safety of bathers” is added.
It is also stated that it has been agreed with the Ministry of the Interior to create positions of Lifeguard Supervisors in each province so that qualified personnel from the Lifeguards can take charge of supervision issues, work schedule, equipment, consumables, but “no action was taken to resolve this matter either” is added.