Upon the agreement, the following views were included in the statement made by the Turkish Metal:
“Unfortunately since December until today, the corona virus threatening our world has also begun to show its effects in our country. Number of citizens affected and who lost their lives by the virus are increasing day by day. All of our people and our members are anxious for themselves and their loved ones. All our members and their families that we are proud to represent are so valuable for us. Therefore, we strongly ask our members to be very careful in this process and to protect themselves by obeying the calls of scientists.
In accordance with experienced conditions, first, especially Ford Otosan AŞ, which stopped production last week, some of our workplaces have brought down their production, some set a date to stop production and some have reduced the number of employees (without layoffs) by reducing the number of shifts. There are very few workplaces left that have made the decision to continue production.
Some of our members are at risk in factories continuing the production because they work collectively and at a close range to each others in their workplaces. As a result of this situation, our Chairman, Mr. Pevrul Kavlak, continued to meet with our employers for the last few days and made the necessary contacts to meet at a common point. Following the meetings, a number of decisions were taken. In accordance with these decisions taken;
For example, when this situation lasts for a month, our members will receive their full monthly wages, but will be deemed to have used 12 working days of this month from their annual leave.
Thus, our members who will not actively work in the workplace will receive 89 percent of their net wages.
In all regions, our branch administration, branch presidents, shop-stewards in the workplaces will be at the beginning of their duties in this process and will check whether the rules of Health and safety of workers are complied with at workplaces, and will come up with solutions to the demands and complaints of our members.
It is a fact that we are going through very difficult days as a nation. Beyond the deaths experienced, the world economies will be severely affected by this situation and unfortunately there will be serious problems in working life. However, as a union, we will not stop working day and night to protect our members and protect their rights. As the Turkish Metal family, we will do whatever it takes to recover from this great epidemic with minimal damage.
These days will pass. We wish all our people and members a healthy day. Best regards.”
TURKISH METAL PRESS OFFICE