Andreas Ziartides

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Andreas Ziartides
Ανδρέας Ζιαρτίδης
2nd Secretary General of Pancyprian Federation of Labour
In office
Preceded by Andreas Fantis
Succeeded by Pavlos Diglis
Member of the Cyprus Parliament
In office
Personal details
Born 1919
Nicosia, Cyprus
Died 1997
Nicosia, Cyprus
Political party AKEL, ADESOK, United Democrats
Spouse(s) Kioula Chrysostomou
Children 3
Residence Nicosia

Andreas Ziartides (Greek: Ανδρέας Ζιαρτίδης;[1] 1919–1997[2]) was a Cypriot trade unionist and politician.

He was a Member of Parliament[3] from 1960[4][5] to 1991, being elected as a candidate of the left wing AKEL party.

He was Secretary General of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour (PEO) from 1943 to 1986. His contribution to the development of labour relations and labour legislation in Cyprus has been crucial and many consider him the person with the most significant role in shaping the trade union movement on the island. Legislations such as the Social Security Law of Cyprus in 1956 (Πρώτος Νόμος Περί Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων, Νόμος Αρ. 31 του 1956), the introduction of the Cost of Living Allowance, the eight-hour working day and the forty hour working week, legislation on unfair dismissal and the labour disputes tribunals, the shaping of the collective agreements in many sectors of economic activity as well as the tripartite cooperation between trade unions, employers’ organisations and government all bear his mark.[6]

He first joined the outlawed Communist Party of Cyprus in 1939 and became a member of left wing AKEL party in 1941 upon its foundation. He was Secretary General of the Pancyprian Trade Union Committee, the first coordinating body of trade unions in Cyprus and the precursor of PEO. He was accused along with all the Committee members for sedition and insurrection against the Colonial order and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in 1946. This was a major political trial of the colonial era and his address to the court was a memorable anti-colonial statement.

Andreas Ziartides participated as the Cypriot representative in the founding congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) held in 1945 in London. He served on the General Council and the Executive Committee of the WFTU for many years and was its Vice President for a while.

In the early nineties he, along with others in the AKEL leadership, disagreed with the line followed by the Party and was dismissed from his leadership position. This led to his and others’ departure from AKEL and the formation of ADESOK, in Greek: ΑΔΗΣΟΚ (Ανανεωτικό Δημοκρατικό Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα), a reformist leftist party. ADESOK was later merged with Free Democrats Movement (founded by former President of Cyprus George Vassiliou) and formed a new party named United Democrats.

A form of interview/biography of Andreas Ziartides was authored by Panikos Paionides in his book "Ανδρέας Ζιαρτίδης: Χωρίς φόβο και πάθος" [7]

Television interviews of Andreas Ziartides were documented by journalist Pavlos Pavlou (Greek: Παύλος Παύλου) in his book Dimosia Katathesi (Greek: Δημόσια Κατάθεση).[8]


  1. ^ "Andreas Ziartides". Getty Images. Getty Images. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Veteran union leader dies". Cyprus News Agency. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Fifty Years of Cyprus Parliament: The Representatives of the Peoplinsidee (PDF). House of Representatives. pp. 79, 296, 300, 302. ISBN 978-9963-39-020-5. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Εκλογές 31ης Ιουλίου 1960". House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Φάντης, Ανδρέας (1999). Κυπριακό 1960-1974: Αναζητώντας την Αλήθεια (Μέρος Α'). Nicosia. p. 40. ISBN 9963-7942-3-8. 
  6. ^ 1956-1986: 30 Χρόνια Κοινωνικές Ασφαλίσεις: Η ΠΕΟ άλλαξε τη ζωή μας. Λευκωσία: ΠΕΟ. 1987. 
  7. ^ Παιονίδης, Πανίκος (1995). Ανδρέας Ζιαρτίδης: Χωρίς φόβο και πάθος. Nicosia: Dorographics Ltd. ISBN 9963-8063-0-9. 
  8. ^ Πάυλου, Παύλος (2003). Δημόσια Κατάθεση. Nicosia: Εκδόσεις Κυπροέπεια. pp. 68–83,132,133,138–153,160,162. ISBN 9963-628-36-2.