Minimum wage outcry from unions: Must be increased urgently

At the joint press conference organized by Türk-İş, DİSK and Hak-iş, the demand for an increase in the minimum wage came to the fore. DISK President Arzu Çerkezoğlu said, “Fixed income earners are not the cause of inflation.”

While there have been recent messages from the economic administration that there will be no increase in the minimum wage, labor organizations have persistently reiterated their demand for an increase in wages.

DISK, Türk-İş and Hak-İş organized a joint press conference on the lack of a minimum wage increase in July.

Türk-İş President Ergün Atalay took the first floor. Emphasizing that with the current minimum wage, there is not even a chance to live for 1 week, Atalay said, “With 10 thousand and 17 thousand, you have no chance to live for 1 week, let alone 1 month. The table is obvious. The prices in the markets are obvious. We, as workers, retirees and unemployed people, have no strength left. None of us find the figures announced by TurkStat realistic, they do not match the markets. While 20 percent live in prosperity, 80 percent pay the price. While we are waiting to see when inflation will be brought under control, dismissals and work accidents continue in municipalities and the private sector because of unionization.”

Hak-İş President Mahmut Arslan said, “Many companies in the private sector are working three shifts. Unemployment is decreasing. But what is the picture of the labor movement? Despite the growth, the share of laborers in national income is decreasing. Turkey does not deserve this trend. The share of wage earners is decreasing, there is something wrong here.”

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