Turkish Cypriot Electricity Authority Employees Union (El-Sen) has announced that it will hold a one-day warning strike on Thursday and an indefinite general strike across the whole institution on Friday.
El-Sen President Kubilay Özkıraç said that “The ball is in the government’s court”. The government has until Monday to begin talks with the union.
THe union says that anyone who uses electricity is liable to pay their bills and large institutions are no exception. The electricity authority is said to be owed millions of lira by state departments. They added that Kib-Tek cannot be privatised. Meanwhile, Energy Minister Hasan Tacoy has said that there are no plans to privatise the state-run energy company.
Another grievance is that the government has put on hold plans to construct four power plants, pending further consultations. The union says that one reason for the cost of electricity rising is because the state purchases electricity from Turkish-owned AKSA power plant in Karpaz. The union leader said that the new plants would pay for themselves and provide all the North’s power needs.