But revolting electricity authority employees were adamant in not giving up their perks and privileges and were eager to take on the state, as an angry mob clashed with police in front of parliament and blocked all exits. They also threw fruit, bottles and sharp items at the police, that seemed incapable of containing the workers, injuring two people who were hospitalised.
Parliament's front glass doors and windows were smashed as some tried to enter the
Violating the law on essential services, the Electricity Authority workers took matters in their own hands and started indiscriminately enforcing power cuts which will go into full effect on Tuesday, cutting supplies nationwide.
During their demonstrations, they took control and shut down a power generator at the House, forcing all services to come to a halt, while Attorney General Costas Clerides could not enter the building. Power was restored an hour later.
EAC employees said they will go on strike again on Tuesday, including power production personnel. All EAC offices and customer service points will remain closed. The necessary staff for security reasons will be working to avoid public inconvenience, they said.
One of the bailout's preconditions was the implementation of a privatisations plan covering the disposal of
Financing the economy by the Troika of international lenders is the only option available at the moment and not approving the bill on privatisations or even watering down the bill could jeopardise and possibly halt the financing to the government, Finance Minister Georgiades warned.
The Minister said that Monday's incidents at the
Referring to the EAC employees demonstrating outside the
He said the
The privatisation bill should be approved by
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