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Turkish Cypriots to strike on Monday

THE Turkish Cypriot civil servants’ union KTAMS has called for a general strike on Monday.

The decision for the strike, which is to take place between 9am and 3.30pm, was taken yesterday to protest against the Turkish Cypriot administration’s “break of promises to civil servants and for its continuing policies.”

According to the Cyprus News Agency, the head of KTAMS, Ahmet Kaptan, said that when the present government was in opposition, it had voted down all legislation deriving from the financial protocol with Turkey, but that once they came to power they picked up with the implementation of the package from where the National Unity Party left it.

He also criticised the fact that during the consultation on collective agreements there was an attempt to change the working hours and said that it was proven to be a lie that the cost-of-living allowance (COLA) will be paid in 2015 with “equal increase”.

He invited all employees to participate in the general strike to avoid the trampling of their labour rights.

Meanwhile, KTAMS members staged a sitting protest outside the presidential residence yesterday asking for the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu’s involvement in the matter, whom, according to Kaptan, the union has been waiting for more than three months to arrange a meeting.

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