AKEL general secretary Andros Kyprianou and DISY leader Averof Neophytou took their differences to Twitter over the weekend on the ongoing dispute over nurses demands which has resulted in an indefinite strike ongoing since last week.
Kyprianou questioned how long the previous government would continue to be blamed for mistakes today’s ruling government had created.
Neophytou was quick to respond with his own point directly targeting Kyprianou. “Quite the contrary. In 2010 you rightly said no to the nurses. What made you change today? That’s my question.”
AKEL has been a staunch supporter of the nurses demands and that their qualifications be recognised – the main reason the strike has been in place since Tuesday. The party has also lambasted the government for refusing to meet the nurses’ demands.
Kyprianou then got technical saying the answer Neophytou was looking for was a 2013 directive on recognition of professional qualifications in practice.
“Either you’re European or you’re not,” he posted on Twitter.
The directive allows for the recognition of qualifications for professionals across the EU and includes nurses, midwifes, doctors (general practitioners and specialists), dental practitioners, pharmacists, architects and veterinary surgeons
Members of the public were quick to jump in and jab at Kyprianou wondering whether he would be writing the EU’s constitution and why he wasn’t replying to the question put to him about AKEL’s change of stance.
Neophytou hit back saying Kyprianou’s comments were completely irrelevant, but outlined the consequences the directive could have on a Romanian nurse working in Cyprus, meaning it would not necessarily mean only Cypriot nurses moving up the pay scale.
“That’s called free movement of labour was the response he received.
Neophytou’s final tweet questioned Kyprianou’s understanding of the directive asking “will Romania have to pay the same salary for nurses as Germany due to the recognition of qualifications?”