Turkish gov’t reveals deal with unions over pay raise for public servants
AA photoLabor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik said on Aug. 22 the government has reached an agreement with representatives of civil servant unions on a raise in public workers’ wages.
Upon a collective agreement between the government and the civil servants’ unions, a salary raise of some 6+5 percent has been granted for civil servants and retired civil servants for 2016 and 3+4 percent for 2017.
The lowest civil servant wage will be 1,919 Turkish Liras ($651) per month, while the average will be 2,551 liras ($865), said the minister.
Around 2.3 million civil servants and 2 million retired civil servants had their eyes on the negotiations, which started on Aug. 3.
The talks featured representatives from the Public Employer Delegation, the Civil Servants’ Trade Union (Memur-Sen), the Turkish Public Workers’ Labor Union (Kamu-Sen) and the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK).
Memur-Sen, the authorized confederation in the talks, said the deal was good for civil servants, who will take raises in wages over inflation rates, in a press conference on Aug. 24.
Two of the three labor unions which participated in the collective bargaining talks, however, slammed the deal, saying public servants’ rights were not realized.