The process continues in the 2023 Public Collective Bargaining Agreement Framework Protocol negotiations, which concern more than 700 thousand workers in public institutions and organizations, including Highways, Railways, special provincial administrations, sugar factories, electricity production plants, coal enterprises, the Ministry of National Education, universities and hospitals.

The delegations of TÜRK-İŞ and HAK-İŞ, representing the workers, and the Turkish Heavy Industry and Service Sector Public Employers’ Union (TÜHİS), representing the employer, came to a certain point in the negotiations.

The parties, who have agreed on the topics, including the bonus, are still negotiating on the base wage and percentage increase.

While the insistence of the workers to increase the monthly gross base wage to 15 thousand liras continued, the first offer of TÜHİS was at the level of 11 thousand 500 liras.

Workers and employers will meet again this week, hosted by TÜHİS, to discuss the remaining items within the scope of the negotiations.

45% raise request for the first six months

In the meetings, the joint demands of TÜRK-İŞ and HAK-İŞ, representing the workers, include “increasing the monthly gross base wage to 15 thousand liras, and then adding a 15 percent welfare share to all wages”.

After the base wage increase and welfare share are added, a 45 percent increase is requested for the first six months, and a 5 percent increase and inflation difference for the second, third and fourth six months each.

In addition, additional payments are requested to all public workers, including those in municipalities and special provincial administration companies.

Closely related to other contracts

On the other hand, the 7th Term Collective Bargaining negotiations, covering the years 2024-2025, in which the rate of increase in the salaries of approximately 3.5 million civil servants and 2.5 million retired civil servants will be determined, will begin as of August 1.

In this respect, the 2023 Public Collective Bargaining Agreement Framework Protocol, which concerns public workers, is also important in terms of determining the frameworks of collective bargaining agreements to be signed in the private sector, especially the collective agreement of civil servants.

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