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Calls for Nicosia Mayor to resign

29 October 2012

The Municipal Workers Union has today issued a statement that will inflame the relationship between themselves and Lefkosa Council. They have demanded that the Mayor and Council management should resign. They have invited the appropriate council members to attend the Lefkosa Council meeting room on Wednesday 31st October and tender their resignations en-masse.

Last week saw a Council worker strike, which led to piles of rubbish building up in the capital.

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Uncollected refuse in Nicosia

The Union has pointed out that its indefinite strike will continue until their grievances are addressed.

According to the union, salaries are being paid late and the Council is not making employer’s social security payments. Accumulated social security payments withheld, now total some TL30 million. In addition the Union feels that the Council has run out of money and will not be able to meet future salaries.

In a related development the head of the Lefkosa District Council has pointed out that a series of stopgap measures will not suffice. Mr Dana has pointed out that with roads crumbling, traffic lights not working, street lights out and parks spoiled by rubbish, Lefkosa is just not working.

Although inroads have been made into the rubbish piles littering the city, Mr Dana said that this was only a temporary solution and that rubbish would soon accumulate again. He has called for all parties to start negotiating seriously to bring an end to the strikes.

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