Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (16.05.17) reports that the “assembly” of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus approved with majority the “labour force agreement” signed on 23 February 2017 between Turkey and the regime. According to the paper, “article 4” of the “agreement”, which consists of 13 “articles”, says that the employers could directly apply to the Labour Office of another country or to private offices for securing labour force.
Addressing the “assembly”, Tufan Erhurman, leader of the “main opposition” Republican Turkish Party (CTP), said that with the “agreement” the employers could directly apply to Turkey’s Labour Office or to private offices in Turkey to secure workers without applying to the “TRNC’s” “labour office” and without taking into consideration whether there are unemployed persons in the occupied area who could do the job.
Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (16.05.17) reports that Zeki Celer, “deputy” with the Social Democracy Party (TDP) described the “draft-law” as “a kind of integration” to Turkey and asked for its withdrawal for fixing the problems included in it. He said that they are obliged to give priority to their own people, who will be ignored, if the “agreement” enters into effect. The “agreement” was approved with 26 positive votes and 9 negative ones.
Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (16.05.17) reports that Hamza Ersan Saner, self-styled minister of labour and social insurance, said that the “agreement” was a result of long lasting work between the two “countries” and that the conditions for bringing workers from abroad are very clear. Noting that the “agreement” does not lift the “preliminary permit” preconditions, Saner argued that with the “agreement” they paved the way for the people living in the occupied area of Cyprus undergoing medical treatment in Turkey. He said that most foreign workers in the occupied area of Cyprus are engaged in the fields of agriculture, tourism and constructions.