Labor Policy

Labor Market & Business

In 2011, AmCham released its Position Paper “Labor Market & Business“. Since then, labor issues have come to the forefront of government priorities with Cyprus unemployment figures approaching 20% and especially youth unemployment acting as a barrier to economic recovery.

With a new government voted in in February 2013 and with the former Director General of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Ms. Zeta Emilianidou taking over the post of Labor Minister in April 2013, AmCham Cyprus continues to advocate for job-centric, open market and business friendly labor policies.

Letter to the Minister of Labor Ms. Zeta Emilianidou

A letter was sent to the Minister asking for a reform of the civil liability regime for employers in Cyprus. The reform recommendation is in part based on the  UK study by Professor Löfstedt «Reclaiming Health and Safety for All: An independent review of health and legislation» of November 2011.

AmCham Cyprus Letter to the Minister of Labor (Full letter in Greek)

Meeting with the Minister of Labor – 23.10.2013

AmCham Cyprus President Mr. Miltiades Miltiadou, met with the Minister of Labor Ms. Zeta Emilianides on Wednesday 23 October 2013 to discuss matters relating to labor policy in Cyprus. Mr. Miltiades complimented the minister on her work to date since taking office in April 2014 and encouraged the continuation of open and free competition in the labor market place.

Mr. Miltiades presented the Minister with a copy of the 2011 AmCham Cyprus Position Paper on “Labor and Business” stating that the positions of AmCham Cyprus have not changed but are constant and based on principles not affected by short-term circumstances.

The UK study by Professor Löfstedt «Reclaiming Health and Safety for All: An independent review of health and legislation» that was used to drive through legislative change in the UK was also handed over and the UK legislation and excerpt of the study can be found below:

Civil liability for breach of health and safety duties (excerpt with explanatory notes)

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