Pay Rise Announced for Turkey’s Civil Servants

By on 25/08/2015
Speaking at a press conference, Faruk Çelik said he was “very pleased to be able to conclude the process with a consensual agreement"

Millions of civil servants in Turkey are to get a pay rise while retired officials will see their pensions increased, it has been reported.

Labor and social security minister Faruk Çelik announced on Saturday that the government has reached an agreement with representatives of civil service unions after weeks of collective bargaining discussions, the Daily News website reported yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference, Çelik said he was “very pleased to be able to conclude the process with a consensual agreement,” according to a report by news website Daily Sabah.

According to the agreement, the wages of 2.3m civil servants will increase by 6% in the first half of 2016 and another 5% in the second half, while increases in 2017 will be 3% in the first and 4% in the second half.

The deal also includes provisions for pension increases.

Civil service union Memur-Sen welcomed the deal, because it will raise wages above inflation, while the Turkish Public Workers’ Labor Union (Kamu-Sen) and the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) criticised the agreement claiming it disregarded public servants’ rights, the Daily News reports.

The collective talks first started on 3 August.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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