Probe into staff ‘given paid leave’ to join demo

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

AN OF­FI­CIAL in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing de­manded af­ter three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties gave paid “ad­min­is­tra­tive leave” for staff to at­tend a vi­o­lent demon­stra­tion at the Le­fkoşa of­fices of Afrika news­pa­per in Jan­uary.

As re­ported by Cyprus To­day at the time, the demo was trig­gered by a re­port in the pa­per com­par­ing Turkey’s re­cent Afrin mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in Syria to its 1974 in­ter­ven­tion in Cyprus.

Teach­ers’ trade union Ktös has now made a for­mal com­plaint to the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral about Büyükkonuk, Be­yarmudu and Paşaköy mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties which it al­leges or­dered staff to take Jan­uary 22 as paid leave in or­der to at­tend the protest.

“The three may­ors told their staff that they were to be on paid leave af­ter Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan gave an in­struc­tion for ac­tion [over the Afrika re­port]”, Ktös gen­eral sec­re­tary Şener El­cil said on Mon­day. “These mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties had no right to grant such leave to their em­ploy­ees.”

Mr El­cil also claimed the local author­i­ties had paid for buses to bring staff to Le­fkoşa for the protest.

“The coun­try made a fi­nan­cial loss through these ac­tions and the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral should there­fore in­ves­ti­gate and make the find­ings pub­lic,” he added.

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