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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Charalambous to modernise labour relations ]

Charalambous to modernise labour relations

The Minister of Labour and Social Insurance, Sotiroula Charalambous, intends to modernise labour relations, increase economic growth and contribute towards what she called “a more balanced society.”

In an interview with CNA, the Minister said she intends to initiate a tripartite dialogue on the modernisation of labour relations to render the labour system more compatible with current trends in the Cypriot labour market and the local economy.

Charalambous also talked about “a more balanced society”, which will ensure a fair distribution of wealth and expressed the view that social security benefits will constitute a useful tool towards this direction.
Asked if additional social security benefits will increase inflation, the Minister of Labour said that “our position is that inflation is not the result of social benefits, nor is economy or the rate of growth at risk if we increase social benefits.”

Charalambous also referred also to the sustainability of the Social Insurance Fund and stated that “Taking into consideration the dialogue that has already taken place on this issue, the work that has been done by previous Ministers, the positions of the social partners and the position of the government as expressed in its programme, we will promote a solution of the issue without creating any unjust conditions for any of the social partners”.
On the cost of living allowance (COLA), she said the government is committed to dialogue on this, taking into account that priorities must be set out.

Commenting on the fact that despite the government’s commitment to equal participation of women in the decision making process, she is the only female member in the Council of Ministers, Charalambous noted that the participation of women in institutional bodies is a very important issue for President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and she expressed her certainty that the President has the will to promote this issue.
“I am sure that the President would like the participation of more women in the Council of Ministers,” she noted.
On the implementation of labour law and regulations, Charalambous expressed the belief that “a new culture should be consolidated among the social partners on this issue” and added that employees should cooperate with the Ministry and “point the finger” at cases where regulations are violated. “This will enable the Ministry of Labour and its personnel to play their role more effectively,” she concluded.

On drawing financial assistance from European Union funds for various projects, the Minister underlined that “projects should not stop once EU funding ends” and added that “it is essential for us to develop the structures that will ensure continuity of the policies funded by the EU as social needs continue to exist.”

Charalambous concluded by commenting on topics related to the social inclusion of the disabled and noted that this issue is a very important item on the agenda of the Ministry.

“I have given directions to the officers dealing with this subject to elaborate the decisions already taken regarding the implementation of quota for the employment of disabled people in the public sector, so that we will proceed with the necessary institutional and legal regulations in order to implement these decisions” she added.

(Source: Financial Mirror)

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