The Turkish Cypriot Electricity Authority Workers’ Union (EL-SEN) have said they are going on indefinite strike on Monday 18 February.
The union issued a statement blaming attempts to prevent investment and introduce price rise policies as the reason for the strike.
EL-SEN leader Kubilay Özkıraç told BRT that the union had discussed the issue with both Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman and the Minister for Economy and Energy Özdil Nami.
“Minister Nami told me that he had removed the Chairman of the Cyprus Turkish Electricity Authority [KIB-TEK] from his post. Our decision to go on strike has nothing to do with this decision. We are opposed to the privatisation of the electricity authority, to efforts aimed at preventing investments and introducing price hike policies. This is why we are going on strike”, Özkıraç said.
Energy and Economy Minister Özdil Nami, who also spoke to BRT, denied claims that his ministry was trying to prevent crucial investments in KIB-TEK.
“All investments in KIB-TEK are continuing without interruption. In fact, never have investments been this intense in the past”, Nami said.