OSEOK – Federation of the Building Contractors Associations of Cyprus
The Federation of the Cyprus Building Contractors’ Associations – CY/OSEOK,
is registered under the Trade Unions Law 71/1965 of the Republic of Cyprus with Registration Certificate No 947, dated 21 of April 1995.
CY/OSEOK represents a total of 874 SME’s nationwide which in turn are members of the five (5) local Building Contractors Associations as follows:
- The Building Contractors Association of Cyprus, Nicosia, with 315 members: Year of establishment 1940.
- The Building Contractors Association of Limassol, with 214 members: Year of establishment 1961.
- The Building Contractors Association of Famagusta, with 140 members: Year of establishment 1948.
- The Building Contractors Association of Larnaca, with 133 members: Year of establishment 1968.
- The Building Contractors Association of Paphos, with 72 members: Year of establishment 1984.
Ever since the seventies, the Cypriot contractors have been engaging in construction activities in the Middle East, Far East, Africa as well as in some European countries. As a result, the Cyprus Construction Industry enjoys an international reputation disproportionate to its size.
CY/OSEOK was accepted as an ‘observer member’ of FIEC on the 28th July 1996 and became a full member two years later, being in a position to positively contribute to the achievement of the common goals set by the European family in the specific sector at large, and more specifically to play its part in promoting the objectives set by FIEC.
Our Federation is actively involved in helping all of its member contractors face the challenges of today’s construction projects by:
- being the main negotiator with the local Labour Unions
in forming the Collective agreement of the sector,
- training construction companies and their personnel in
the development of various issues of:
- construction management,
- Health & Safety regulations at the workplace,
- Recycling of construction waste
and generally all those issues that evolve out of the regulations and legalities that govern a construction project in Cyprus and Europe.
The Board of Directors and all of the Member Contractors of CY/OSEOK have already had the pleasure of successfully hosting in Cyprus the FIEC Congress in 2010 and we all look forward to hosting the FIEC Conference and Annual General Assembly again in Limassol this May.
FIEC – European Construction Industry Federation
FIEC speaks for the European construction industry as the “Social Partner” representing employers in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue “Construction”, promoting the interests of the European construction industry towards the European Institutions while helping to increase knowledge of the sector among policymakers and the general public.
Through its 32 national member federations in 28 European countries (25 EU & Norway, Ukraine and Turkey), FIEC represents, construction enterprises:
- of all sizes,
- from all building and civil engineering specialties,
- engaged in all kinds of working methods (whether operating as general/ main contractors or as sub-contractors).
As an officially recognized Social Partner, FIEC cooperates with the trade union EFBWW*, for the improvement of working conditions, notably health, safety and training, as well as for a well-functioning labour market.
FIEC mission also focuses on:
- investment in the real economy for sustainable competitiveness, growth and jobs,
- sustainable development to encourage energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions associated with climate change,
- an equal playing field and fair competition for all EU construction companies, in particular in the framework of public procurement,
- the specific interests of construction crafts and SMEs, taken into account in any legislation affecting the construction industry,
- a network of sustainable transport and energy infrastructure,
- the cooperation and the exchange of best practice between FIEC members and other players in the sector such as architects, engineers and materials producers and
- the swift uptake of new technologies and innovative processes.