Over 100 employees at Yenierenköy Municipality, who had been on an unofficial protest since January which saw them provide only burial and emergency services, were paid their October, November and December salaries after the government made an emergency cash transfer.
In February the local authority’s mayor and 10 councillors resigned, claiming the cost of repaying millions of Turkish lira in debts to central government had crippled the council.
Last week ministers suggested that it may have to be merged with neighbouring Dipkarpaz Municipality, raising the prospect of job losses.
Last Wednesday workers began clearing stinking mounds of rubbish that had piled up in Yenierenköy and its surrounding villages, supported by teams from Dipkarpaz and Mehmetçik municipalities.
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