Confederation of Turkish Unions (TURK-İŞ), issued simultaneous press release across the country on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 against the Omnibus Bill, which was approved by the government's votes in the Parliament's Planning and Budget Committee last week. It will also be discussed at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in the coming days.
The full statement of the press release announced by Regional and Provincial Representatives of TÜRK-İŞ in 81 provinces simultaneously.
"Having been discussed in the Parliament’s Planning and Budget Committee last week, the issue of flexibility and precarious work, which we were opposed for many years, is added to the agenda again with an omnibus bill proposal. The bill in question was discussed in the Parliament's Planning and Budget Committee last week.
Regulation claimed to ' provide ease of employment’ for under-25s and over-50s; in fact, It will result in the widespread use of fixed-term employment contracts, the elimination of the most basic employment guarantees of workers such as severance and notice pay. It would possibly ruin work peace, and ransack trade unions activities as well. If we do not oppose such an arrangement, we will do great harm on ourselves and our children. We all know that employers' claims are against us. It has been thought by experience. We have to cease this course. Unemployment Insurance Fund have turned into a kind of employers’ incentive fund. This so-called employment package which was passed through the Parliament brings incentives, exemptions, and tax-amnesty to employers. Labor is being left for the exploitation of the capital.
TÜRK-İŞ is struggling with flexibility, precarious work and de-regulation of the labor markets in a decisive manner for years. The current conditions derived from the pandemics are tried to be turned into an opportunity. Our response to those who strive for turning the work life against the workers is crystal clear. You cannot do it, we will not let it happen! The most important policy that the government should implement is to prevent undocumented work. The country's economy and workers’ wages are paying a heavy price for this reason. Labor exploitation is completely based on informal economy. The country loses a substantial amount of tax revenue due to undeclared work. Under the given outbreak conditions, the fight against unemployment should not be like that, workers cannot be convicted to precarious work and de-unionization. Workers cannot be put into furlough scheme through a remuneration which equals to 39 TL per day. Work peace cannot be achieved by rendering the social dialog meaningless! There is no way to fight against unemployment by expecting workers to choose the lesser of evils! The regulation in the Turkish Grand National Assembly is sort of ‘lesser of two evils’ arrangement! What goes around comes around! The response to this arrangement is quite clear: we will resist