Turkish government and labour unions reach final deal

Turkish government and unions reach collective agreement in third meeting

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Third meeting over collective bargaining in Turkish capital Ankara

Turkish labour unions reached a deal with the government on Saturday at a meeting in Turkish capital Ankara, during the third meeting of the negotiations on raising salaries and allowing prayer breaks on Fridays. 

The bargaining committee members of unions agreed on a 6 percent raise in the first half of 2016 and 5 percent in the second half of 2016, which will equal to a 11.3 percent raise in total. 

For 2017, the unions agreed on a 7 percent raise, which, 3 percent of it will be in first half of the year and 4 percent in second half.

Furthermore, the workers will be allowed to take breaks for Friday prayers which is an obligatory prayer for Muslim men.

The employees didn’t have a legal right to pray on Fridays in Turkey. 

The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Faruk Celik, stated his appreciation for reaching an agreement after the meeting.

“We passed a process which directly concerns our five million people. I wish this agreement will be the best for our public employees. I have more good news for employees. Being valid from September, we will provide 100 Turkish Liras (approximately $33) raise in monthly salaries of our retired employees,” Celik said.

TRTWorld and agencies