A win for public sector workers in Turkey: TÜRK-İŞ and HAK-İŞ conclude the 2021 Public Collective Bargaining Agreement Framework Protocol

Aug 2021
United Nations
Turkey, Public Sector Workers, Collective Bargaining, TURK-IS, HAK-IS, ILO Convention 151

The 2021 Public Collective Bargaining Agreement Framework Protocol negotiations have concluded in Turkey on 12 August 2021. The negotiations concern more than 700 thousand public workers, including those who have been transferred from subcontractors and carried out jointly by the affiliates of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) - Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (TÜRK-İŞ) and Confederation of Turkish Real Trade Unions (HAK-İŞ).=

According to the agreement, the base wages were increased to 4 thousand 100 liras, the wages of public employees were increased by 12 per cent for the first 6 months of 2021-2022, and by 5 per cent for the other 6 months plus the inflation difference. Moreover, the bonuses were increased to 30 days for the first year and to 40 days for the second year.

Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of the ITUC-Asia Pacific, congratulates TÜRK-İŞ and HAK-İŞ for their successful negotiation to ensure adequate level of wages for public employees.

He said, “Years of ill-guided austerity measures and cuts in public spending under the guise of fiscal consolidation have undermined countries’ capacity to adequately tackle the crisis. The quality of public services directly relates to and relies on working conditions of those engaged in these services. Therefore, autonomous collective bargaining in public services to ensure quality public service. To this end, respecting freedom association and the right to collective bargaining is essential.”

He also referred to Convention 151 concerning Labour Relations (Public Service). The Convention, adopted in 1978, protects public employees against anti-union discrimination and undue interference and promote collective bargaining in determining terms and conditions.

Shoya Yoshida said, “Turkey, as well as the Philippines, are the only International Labour Organization member states in Asia and the Pacific that have ratified Convention 151. With the ratification of Convention 151, trade unions of public employees have a crucial role in processes relating to key issues such as wages, gender and parity, anti-harassment measures, occupational health and safety, and protection from COVID-19.”

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