Unions call EAC strike off as government delays tender

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By Andria Kades

Unions representing workers at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus called off their planned strike action scheduled to start today, after the government agreed to delay the first stage in a process seen as culminating in the power utility’s privatisation.

The deadline for a tender on a report for the study on the legal separation of the EAC was postponed for two weeks until April 15.

On Tuesday, the House commerce committee will hold a session in parliament with all stakeholders to discuss to overall issue of privatisation.

“Our stance is very clear. We have questions on whether the EAC will be privatised and if so in what way and that is the answer we are looking for through the study,” Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said to CyBC radio this morning.

EAC unions want the tender scrapped, and a new study initiated, to be carried out by them, the EAC and the energy ministry – taking the privatisations commissioner Constantinos Herodotou out of the loop.

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