Fleas drive out staff at Cyprus state broadcaster
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Staff at Cyprus's state broadcaster are refusing to use the radio and television studios because they claim the ageing building is making them ill.
News reporters have been working from a single room in the broadcaster's car park for the past week, after a number of people were taken to hospital for a variety of ailments and parts of the station were sealed off.
Complaints about the state of the buildings at the publicly funded Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) have been around for years, but the present situation appears unprecedented in its duration. Staffers have reported vomiting, dizzy spells and skin irritations. "They haven't given us the air quality readings yet, or provided written confirmation that the building is safe to work in by the broadcaster or the Labour Ministry," a member of staff said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Management and the board of the corporation have acknowledged problems in the ageing building and have said they are planning to construct new premises.
One of CyBC's radio stations stopped broadcasting hourly news bulletins yesterday, while its flagship TV channel did not broadcast during its lunchtime news slot.
Journalists had also briefly walked off the job last week over conditions at the station, which included an infestation of fleas and dead cats trapped in air vents.
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
International Women’s Day: 'When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch' - feminist quotes from female icons to inspire you
Exclusive: New evidence links the murders of Stephen Lawrence and a private investigator
Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 4 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
- 5 Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...