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Cyprus: Labour Regulation

Regulatory Environment

Until the installation of the EU acquis communautaire, labour regulation in Cyprus was very light.

Much pay bargaining is traditionally carried out directly between employers and employees; however there has also been some collective bargaining between trade unions and employers' organizations, and the Government has been known to take part in tri-partite resolution of disputes.

Due perhaps partly to the island's economic success, and the fairly hardworking and practical ethic of Cypriots, the number of man-days lost each year to strikes at about 70 per 100,000 was historically very low by normal OECD standards.

Recently, however, striking seems to have become more popular, perhaps because of strains induced in the labour market by EU entry.



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