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Bulgaria and Romania join the EU. Good for Cyprus?

Postby Sotos » Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:16 am

On Jan 1st 2007 Bulgaria and Romania are the 2 newest members of EU. Do you think this is good for Cyprus and/or EU? Here is one view:

Trade unions in Cyprus have expressed their concern over a possible influx of workers from the new EU members – Bulgaria and Romania. Such an influx could endanger the Cyprus labor market, AFP reported. Cyprus is among the few countries, which have introduced labor market restrictions on Bulgaria and Romania after their EU accession.
“From the very beginning we have supported the introduction of restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians, as the other EU countries did”, secretary general of Sek Trade Union, Nicos Moiseus said. About 5,000 Bulgarians and Romanians already work in Cyprus, primarily in the sector of tourism and agriculture. According to the trade unions, their number will double in 2007.


I think when new poorer countries join it is good for the businessmen of EU because they have access to cheaper labor and more markets to sell their products but it is worst for the workers of the other EU countries because it means more unemployment for them. What do you think?
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Postby humanist » Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:15 am

NO NO NO , we have Romanians living in our home and are refusding to live. Going through courts now.
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Postby Sotos » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:57 am

so you think bad about all Romanians and even all Bulgarians now? :?
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Postby EUropean666 » Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:11 pm

yes....bulgaria...what a country...12 years old kids working for 2-3 dollars per day. no unions, no labour law....that is the capitalists paradise.
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Postby Sotos » Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:58 pm

Yes but shouldn't the EU and the EU laws change that now?
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Postby orokliniservices » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:04 pm

I was advised by an employment agency in Larnaca yesterday that work is going to be harder and harder to come by for qualified NON EU residents because of romania and bulgaria. I am a well-educated and trained young lady trying desperately to find work in this country, however because of my NON EU status this is just impossible. I have to work dead end jobs that everyone else refuses to do for next to nothing. I am living here legally, doing everything by the books, but this seems to get me nowhere.
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Postby Kikapu » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:21 pm

orokliniservices wrote:I was advised by an employment agency in Larnaca yesterday that work is going to be harder and harder to come by for qualified NON EU residents because of romania and bulgaria. I am a well-educated and trained young lady trying desperately to find work in this country, however because of my NON EU status this is just impossible. I have to work dead end jobs that everyone else refuses to do for next to nothing. I am living here legally, doing everything by the books, but this seems to get me nowhere.


If you're legal, why won't they hire you to do the work, that they are willing to give it to EU members. I think it is just another way to create a "slave labour" market in Cyprus, by the employers, by flooding the island with job seekers.
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Postby Sotos » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:27 pm

With an EU citizen is easier because companies know they will not have any problem with work permits. With other foreigners is harder because they might be legally in Cyprus today but in some months or years they might lose that right. Companies just don't want to take that risk if they can hire somebody else from an EU country without such problems.
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Postby Kikapu » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:51 pm

Sotos wrote:With an EU citizen is easier because companies know they will not have any problem with work permits. With other foreigners is harder because they might be legally in Cyprus today but in some months or years they might lose that right. Companies just don't want to take that risk if they can hire somebody else from an EU country without such problems.


Got it...Thanks.
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Postby orokliniservices » Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:02 pm

Exactly, I'm legally allowed to live here. However, working is another story.. I've been to many job interviews letting the employers know in advance that i'm NON EU and have all turned out to be a waste of time as they are unable to get me work permit. I'm working with an employment agency in town now and hope to have something sorted out by the end of the week.
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