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Cyprus*  Cyprus*

Key Facts

Population862,011
Collective Bargaining Coverage 52%
Proportion of Employees in Unions 55%
Principal Level of Collective Bargaining

industry and company

Workplace Representation

union

Board-level Representation

no

Company Board Structure

monistic

Sources: see individual country sections; where a range of figures has been quoted, the lower number has been taken

Trade Unions

Cyprus has a relatively high level of trade union organisation – between 55% to 58% according to government statistics. There are two major trade union confederations, the PEO and the SEK, and a smaller one DEOK, as well as important autonomous unions representing public sector workers, bank employees and teachers.

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Collective Bargaining

There is both industry and company-level bargaining in Cyprus. In total just over half of all employees in Cyprus are covered by collective bargaining, although precise figures are not available.

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Workplace Representation

Workplace representation in Cyprus is through the unions. Arrangements at workplace level depend on the particular circumstances that apply in each workplace.

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Board-level Representation

Employees have no statutory right to be represented at board level in Cyprus, although there are union representatives on the boards of two banks.

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European-level Representation

Representatives at European level are in the first instance chosen by the union.

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Health and Safety Representation

Employees elect representatives for health and safety issues, and in workplaces with as few as five employees it is obligatory to elect someone. In workplaces with 10 or more employees these elected representatives sit on a safety committee. Their powers are consultative and advisory but they can call in the national inspectorate if needed.

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Financial Participation

Employee financial participation in the form of employee (share) ownership or profit-sharing plays only a small role in Cyprus’ economy.

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* The section deals only with the area controlled by the officially recognised government of Cyprus, the Greek-Cypriot south of the island.