Turkey - Talks on public workers pay failed - August 31, 2017

Discussions between trade unions and the government over pay rises for millions of civil servants and retired civil servants for 2018 and 2019 began on 1 August. The labour ministry chaired the meeting where wage rise proposals by public workers trade unions were discussed for around 3.2 million public officers and 1.9 million retired officials in the country. However, the negotiators could not reach an agreement. The final and non-negotiable government’s offer was a 3.5% pay increase for the first six months of 2018 and another 3.5% for the remaining six months of 2018. The government offered a 4% rise for the first six months of 2019 and a 5% rise for the remaining six months. The Memur-Sen union wanted a 10% increase in the first half 0f 2018, combined with 6% in the second half of 2018, 10% in the first half of 2019 and 8% in the second half of 2019. Trade union KESK was looking for a fixed sum for all public workers (at least 3,450 Turkish Liras).

English: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/union-rejects-governments-final-offer ...  

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