The interim increase rate to the minimum wage, which the workers eagerly awaited, has been announced.

The Minimum Wage Determination Commission held three meetings for the interim increase. During the talks, Türk-İş pressed for compensation for the loss caused by inflation. TİSK, which represents the employer sector, demanded that insurance premiums be reduced and minimum wage support given to the employer. Figures of around 5 thousand 300 liras were expressed. However, Türk-İş, representing the workers’ side, said, “It should be increased a little more”. The Commission held its third and last meeting yesterday at the Presidential Dolmabahçe Work Office in Istanbul. The parties conveyed their demands once to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. At the end of the negotiations, the net minimum wage was increased to 5 thousand 500 liras.


Making the statement, Erdogan said that they will support employers with 100 liras per minimum wage. Stating that they will make the real increase at the beginning of the year, Erdoğan stated that due to the fact that the part of the wages equal to the minimum wage is out of tax, it will generally reflect an increase of 300 lira on wages. In his statement, Erdogan announced the interim hike as 25 percent. After his speech was over, Vedat Bilgin, Minister of Labor and Social Security, said something in Erdogan’s ear. Thereupon, Erdoğan stated that there was a “false situation” because they discussed 25 percent in the cabinet meeting, and that they made this increase as 30 percent. Thus, it was revealed that the government first decided on 25 percent for the increase, and the figure was increased to 30 percent with the insistence of Türk-İş.


Stating that the “humpback” caused by the December-January inflation period caused the increases made at the beginning of the year to be insufficient after a while, Erdoğan said, “An inflation difference of over 40 percent will be increased in the salaries of our public employees and all our retirees anyway.”

It should be 8 thousand 313 TL

According to Türk-İş’s June research, the hunger limit for a family of four was calculated as 6 thousand 391.17 TL. The new minimum wage was 891 liras below the hunger limit. The poverty line had risen to 20 thousand 818.14 TL, and the “cost of living” of a single employee had increased to 8 thousand 313.12 TL per month. It also points to the minimum wage, which should be the cost of living for a single employee.

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