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Peace at pumps as deal reached

A STRIKE that threatened to lead to fuel shortages at K-Pet petrol stations across the country was called off last night after fuel distribution workers and K-Pet bosses reached a deal.

Peace at pumps as deal reached


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Revolutionary Workers’ Trade Unions Federation (Dev-İş) general secretary Koral Aşam told Cyprus Today last night that the indefinite strike had come to an end after the signing of a new “collective agreement”.

“Agreement has been reached to employ more staff, as asked for by the union,” he said.“So we have cancelled the strike. No K-Pet petrol station will now face fuel shortages.”

The deal was struck after Mr Aşam said earlier in the week that K-Pet forecourt ownerswere being forced to buy fuel from rivals Alpet, a practice he had described as “illegal”.

The industrial action was launched on November 14, due to a row over pay and work conditions.

The strike – which had involved 38 workers who are members of the Revolutionary Workers’ Trade Unions Federation (Dev-İş) – was launched after initial talks between its member union the Petroleum Workers’ Union (Pet-İş) and K-Pet chiefs broke down.

Some K-Pet petrol stations hadreportedly begun buying fuel from Alpet after Sofu Altınbaş, the president of Alpet’s parent company Altınbaş Holding, said his firm would provide “assistance” to K-Pet forecourtsto prevent them from running dry.

Alpet had said it was ready to supply aviation fuel to Ercan airport – where workers had also been on strike.

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