Bus drivers across Cyprus began an indefinite strike today because they have not been paid their wages for January. They are caught in the middle of a dispute between the bus operators and the state.
The operators claim the government has not paid them the agreed subsidies and in turn they have no cash to pay their employees. The government says it has transferred enough cash for the companies to pay staff and accused them of using strike action as leverage to get more money.
Communications Minister Efthymios Flourentzos said €4.0 million had been transferred into the companies’ accounts yesterday, an amount that “is more than enough to pay any obligations to the bus drivers”. The minister said €710,000 went to Nicosia, €1.5 million to Limassol, €250,000 to Paphos and the rest to the two companies in Larnaca and Famagusta.