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Teacher's Unions To Boycott Municipal Elections

teacher union strike cyprusTeacher's unions OELMEK and POED have decided to boycott Sunday's municipal elections in support of PASYDY's industrial action and urged their members not to work at polling booths.

POED said it has also told its members not to vote, according to a report on Sigmalive.com. Teachers went on strike in September in reaction to austerity measures and have also refused to participate in after-school activities.

Today, the interior ministry said that elections will go ahead as planned after some doubt over whether they can proceed in the face of strong trade union resistance.

Yesterday, a package of new austerity measures was approved yesterday by the House of Representatives amid a new 12-hour strike by public sector trade unions and a strike by air traffic controllers affecting all flights from Larnaca and Paphos airports.

The measures include freezing the Cost of Living Allowance (CoLA) and state employee salaries for two years. Only one bill was postponed, that of raising the retirement age to 64.  Cyprus is on the brink of entering the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) if it cannot reduce government spending, increase revenues and lower its deficit from an expected 6.7 percent of GDP this year.

Municipal elections are set for December 18th.

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