TRNC government slashes workers salaries by 10% and 20%

The government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has announced a 10% and 20% cut in salaries of public workers in the country from an initial 20% cut across board announced on Friday last week.

In the public sector, a Decree with the Force of Law was issued for deductions from salaries on Sunday, July, 24. A 10% deduction will be made from salaries above 15,000 TL and 20% from salaries over 30,000 TL.

After the 56 percent cost of living allowance in the public sector, a Decree with the Force of Law was issued to cut salaries.

According to this, no deduction will be made for those who receive a monthly salary of less than 15,000 TL, the 13th salary and pension.

A 10% deduction will be made from salaries above 15 thousand TL and 20% from salaries over 30 thousand TL.

It is stated that the repayments of the salary cut will be in April 2023.

It was also stated that if the salary decreases below 15,000 or 30,000 TL after the deduction, the payment will be made over 15 or 30,000 TL.

Salary deductions will be applied as 10 percent to those who work abroad.

The cuts will also cover all kinds of public, cooperative and municipal payments, including pensions and 13th salaries.

The deductions, which will start with July salaries and end with December salaries, are targeted to be repaid by the end of April 2023.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the government announced a 20% cut to the salaries of all public services employees who earn more than 15,000TL. 

The public service unions rebelled against the cuts, claiming that they were unlawful. They threatened to go to the Constitutional Court to challenge the government’s decision and that they would take to the streets in protest.

 

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