Bulgarian trade unions Podkrepa and the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) said they signed a cooperation agreement with their Cypriot counterpart SEK Union.
The four-year agreement was signed during an official meeting in Nicosia, CITUB said in a statement published on its website. It aims to protect the rights of Bulgarian workers in Cyprus by initiating active exchange of information, trainings about their rights and options for finding suitable work, as the two trade unions in Bulgaria will be obliged to do the same for Cypriot citizens working in the Balkan country.
According to unofficial data from Cyprus's interior ministry, Bulgarian seasonal workers numbered 50,000 in 2010, Podkrepa said in a statement published on its website. For their better part, they were employed in tourism, construction, trade and services in the big cities Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos and Paralimni.