Unions condemn decision not to put the clocks back

A number of unions have issued statements regarding their reactions to Deputy PM Serdar Denktas statement that the TRNC will not adopt winter time.

The Turkish Cypriot teacher’s union (KTO), Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers’ Union (KTOEOS), the Turkish Cypriot Press Workers Union (Basin Sen) and the Union of Customs Workers (GUC-SEN) have condemned the “decision of the government not to implement winter time” and described this decision as an “imposition”. The trade unions called on everyone in the TRNC to support their common struggle for resistance, underlining that the continuation of summer time will cause serious problems and dangers not only for workers in the public sector and the students but also for all the workers in the country. The trade unions also said that this decision will increase the risk for traffic accidents.

On the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ reports that there are serious disagreements and conflicts inside the government concerning the decision not to adopt winter time. Citing reliable souces, the paper writes that Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun and the Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu insist on the continuation of the summer time which the paper describes as “Saudi Arabia time”, while, on the other hand, Deputy PM Serdar Denktas insists on changing to daylight saving time.

The paper adds further that because of this dispute, Ozgurgun delayed making a statement on this issue. Yesterday, Denktas stated that the clocks will not go back for winter time, adding that Ozgurgun will make further statements on this issue. The public anxiously await what Ozgurgun will say on the subject, the paper writes.

Havadis, Afrika

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