Turkish petrochemical workers come to terms

Workers for Turkish petrochemical company Petkim come to agreement in Izmir

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

On Monday, nearly 1,500 workers for Turkish petrochemical company Petkim come to an agreement with the company’s senior staff in Izmir, a western province of Turkey.

The deal came out five days after the demonstrations began.

Ahmet Oktay, Chairperson of Aliaga Branch of The Petroleum Chemicals and Rubber Workers Union (Petrol-Is), said they came to terms regarding the collective agreement during the negotiations with the company’s senior staff and that ended demonstrations.

Oktay said 90 percent of their demands have been met following the negotiations.

Arrangements were made to reduce the wage gap between the workers who started to work before and after 2006. Also, the workers will be given 6 percent general wage increase and a bonus wage on Eid el Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and Eid al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice.

Petkim, Turkey’s only petrochemical manufacturer started this year with 13-percent growth and announced $16.44 billion (44 billion TL) in revenue and $350 billion (937 billion TL) endorsements in the first quarter of 2015.

TRTWorld and agencies