Foreign workers paid below minimum wage

A delegation from Hür-İş trade union visited Cemal Ozyigit, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP).

The trade union’s general secretary Ali Yeltekin said that 92 thousand people are employed in the private sector in the TRNC and that 45-50 thousand of them are foreigners. He noted that foreign labour should not be permitted to come to the TRNC because there are enough locals who are sufficiently qualified to do the work.

There is a particular problem when it comes to subcontracting labour and the state needs to introduce a policy which regulated conditions of employment, he said.

Foreign workers in the private sector are paid less than the minimum wage. That means they live below the breadline, said Yeltekin.


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