Smelly studios and fleas cause Cyprus TV walkout

Mon Jun 7, 2010 7:19am EDT
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NICOSIA (Reuters Life!) - News staff at Cyprus's state broadcaster briefly walked off the job on Monday over conditions which included smelly studios and an infestation of fleas, workers said.

"We demand a decent and safe place to work," a staff member told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Management are trying to find suitable work spaces for staff. Management were not immediately available for comment, but had said last week that they were working on improving job conditions.

The aging premises of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation in Nicosia have been causing problems for years, either from an invasion of cats, or fleas.

There were several incidents of members of staff falling ill after pest controllers were called to the premises last week, staff said.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)