Turkish Cyprus unions strike over airlines deal, govt measures

Unions which oppose to the partnership agreement of the Turkish Cypriot National Airlines and government's economic measures, are on a strike on Monday.

Turkish Cyprus unions strike over airlines deal, govt measures

Unions in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) which oppose to the partnership agreement of the Turkish Cypriot National Airlines (KTHY) and government's economic measures, are on a strike on Monday.

Finance Minister Ersin Tatar of the TRNC said call of the unions for general strike had "political purpose" and called on them to act with common sense. He said government's economic measures should be assessed well.

Thirty-four unions which went on a strike at 7.30 a.m. as the "first warning" will end the strike at 2.00 p.m. on Monday. The unions will also hold a public demonstration in front of the TRNC parliament.

The Union Platform, comprised of the unions, following a meeting on Friday, claimed that National Unity Party (UBP) minority government was "unauthorized".

The platform also informed TRNC Labor and Social Security Ministry on a general strike for an indefinite period of time.

TRNC government earlier started to implement a series of economic measures including tax on salaries (of retired people) which are above 3,000 TL.

TRNC Finance Minister Tatar said the government carried out serious works to eliminate the deficit in the budget and the measures were like "reforms for future".

Speaking on Bayrak TV, Tatar said, "a country has a budget. If your expenses turn out to be higher than your incomes, you take measures."

Tatar said the deficit which could not be financed had been announced as 205 million TL during the ruling of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), "however, after the UBP government came to ruling, the deficit which could not be financed was revealed as 500 million TL".


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