Salaries and Pensions Unpaid Because Turkey Finance Delayed

Salaries and Pensions Unpaid Because Turkey Finance DelayedAccording to the north’s Afrika newspaper (31.03.16) because Turkey’s economic protocol has not been signed yet money is not available for the Ministry of Finance to pay salaries in full for March 2016. Those with monthly salaries higher than 4000 TL (£1000) will receive only 60% of their salary.

TRNC Prime Minister, Omer Kalyoncu, said that the rest of the salaries will be paid within a few days including those who had only been paid part of their salary.

This is the first time in 33 years that the salaries will be paid in installments, and the Ministry of Finance had great difficulty paying salaries the previous month. Also, according to Afrika newspaper, projects financed by Turkey have not been launched in 2016 because the the economic protocol had not been signed.

“Turkey, which showed as pretext the non-signing of the protocol, did not send its 90 million TL contribution for the payment of the salaries in the TRNC.”

The north Cyprus daily newspaper Kibris (31.03.16) reports that Mehmet Ozkardas, Chairman of the Civil Servants’ Trade Union (Kamu-Sen), said that it appears that Turkey was sending the message that if the protocol is not signed then neither civil servants nor pensioners will be paid. Ozkardas said that there is no information concerning the date for the 40% of the salaries to be paid.

Havadis (31.03.16) reports that the National Unity Party (UBP) is furious that the economic protocol signing has been delayed and were considering the establishment of a government without the Republican Turkish Party (CTP). This government would then sign the protocol, make reforms and afterwards carry out elections.

At the root of the problem is the management of the water project which many fear would give too much power to Turkey and the ability to blackmail the north if they were to ‘fall out of line’. Surely there is no evidence that they would behave in such a way?

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1 comment to Salaries and Pensions Unpaid Because Turkey Finance Delayed

  • Polly Marples

    He who pays the piper calls the tune.

    A timely reminder that north Cyprus would sink without Mother Turkey’s pocket money each month.