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Employment in Cyprus - Labour Disputes & Strikes

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Information on the procedures for resolving Cyprus labour disputes and strikes

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The settlement of labour disputes is regulated by the Industrial Relations Code. The Code has been agreed and signed by the employers’ organisations and the trades unions.
The types of labour disputes are categorised by the Code:
disputes about rights which arise from the interpretation or implementation of existing collective agreements. This category includes personal complaints stemming from the implementation of a collective agreement. Complaints of this sort are submitted for examination by the employer. Representatives of the unions and of employers’ organisations may take part in the discussion of the complaint. If the problem is not resolved through direct negotiations, it is forwarded to the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance for mediation. As a final resort there is binding arbitration.
conflicts of interest which arise during the negotiation or renewal of collective agreements.

The dispute resolution procedure makes provision for the following stages:

resolution by direct negotiation;
mediation by the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance (Department of Labour Relations);
if the dispute is still unresolved, referral to arbitration or to a public inquiry with the agreement of both parties or the announcement of a deadlock if no agreement is reached.

Strikes are not common because labour disputes are usually resolved with the help of mediation by the Ministry of Labour.

For more information contact the Department of Labour Relations.

Nicosia Central Offices
54, Griva Digeni Ave., 2nd floor, 1096 Nicosia
Tel.: 22803100/101 | Fax: 22661977
E-mail: info@dlr.mlsi.gov.cy

Nicosia District Office
54, Griva Digeni Ave., 4th floor, 1096 Nicosia
Tel.: 22803145/127 | Fax: 22661965
E-mail: info@dlr.mlsi.gov.cy

Limassol District Office
Social Insurance Building, 80, Franklin Roosevelt Ave.,
P.O.Box. 71019, 3840 Limassol
Tel.: 25819440/820 | Fax: 25819274
E-mail: cnicolaou@dlr.mlsi.gov.cy

Larnaca - Famagusta District Office
61-63, Lord Byron Str., Lumiel Building, 2nd floor, 6023 Larnaca
Tel.: 24817800/801 | Fax: 24621458
E-mail: mtheofilidou@dlr.mlsi.gov.cy

Paphos District Office
1, Agiou Spyridonos Str., 8021 Paphos
Tel.: 26822614/640 | Fax: 26822621
E-mail: eiacovou@dlr.mlsi.gov.cy

Opening hours: 08:00 - 15:00
Source European Union
Last updated 21 September 2016

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