Repression of Trade Unions in Northern Cyprus

Brussels, 06/08/2010

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in a joint statement declared:

We strongly protest against the arrest of 24 trade unionists on August 3 in Northern Cyprus while demonstrating against the austerity policy and the privatisation projects of the local administration. We call on the authorities to end the policy of anti-union harassment and to return to negotiations and social dialogue”.

ETUC and ITUC express their solidarity with their affiliated organisation, TÜRK SEN, and will address the issue to the European Union.