Turkey - Trade unions set the bar higher amid debates on minimum wage hike - December 31, 2015

Workers get ready for a minimum-wage rise. Trade unions are insisting that the government should increase 'the promised' amount. A demonstration of around 100 activists in central Istanbul heard calls from the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) for a monthly amount of 1,900 Turkish liras, or around 594 euro. Almost all major parties promised a minimum wage hike ahead of the elections in November 2015, ranging from TL 1,300 to TL 2,000. During an interview, the Finance Minister said government plans to increase the minimum wage would go ahead ‘as promised’. According to the latest data from the Central Bank, around 12 percent of the workforce is on minimum wage.

English: http://www.dailysabah.com/economy/2015/12/08/amid-debates-on-minimum …  

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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