The importance of industrial relations is enormous for every country. However, particularly for Cyprus, with its small and open economy and with its political problem unresolved for the last 28 years, the industrial relations issue becomes more important.
In the next few days 50 years are completed since the establishment of the European Union (then EEC) and the statements, articles and reportages are in abundance. In the recent Plenary Session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) a special session was organized dedicated to this anniversary.
In the four-year period under review, the economy of Cyprus has developed within the framework of the Convergence Programme and the government's goal of joining the Euro zone from the First of January 2008 (fulfilling the Maastricht criteria).
The social security plays an important role in the welfare both of the working people and their families and of the whole society. It constitutes a fundamental right and the means for the creation of social cohesion, aiding in this way in securing social peace and social integration. It also constitutes an unavoidable part of the governmental social policy and an important tool for averting and easing poverty.
THE ROLE OF THE TRADE UNION IN THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
In this report I will try to examine the role of trade unions in the social and economic development of Cyprus. Cyprus is a small Island in the Mediterranean, struggled against the British Colonists, and got its Independence in 1960. As from 1974, due to the Turkish invasion and occupation it is divided in two parts