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Bus Drivers, Port Workers Go On Strike

Bus drivers around Cyprus went on strike as of 6am today February 1st because their January salaries have not been paid.

The government has deposited four million euros in the public bus company's accounts to pay off salaries, but the strike went ahead nonetheless. It is the second bus driver strike in as many months after they stopped working on January 4th to protest unpaid December salaries.

Late last night, port workers in Limassol decided to go on strike to protest a freeze in Cost of Living Allowance (CoLA) and salaries amid an unprecedented economic crisis.

Budget cuts and austerity measures started late last year amid a cash flow problem and rising deficit, estimated at 6.7 percent of GDP for 2011.

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