The salaries of civil servants and retired civil servants decreased by 27.65 percent in five months. 33.65 percent of the 34 percent increase in the minimum wage was deleted. Inflation hit retirees the hardest, most of whom receive a monthly salary of 7,500 TL. Unions said, “Salary increases are no longer just raises.”
Published: 05.12.2023 – 04:00
Inflation devastated workers, civil servants and retirees.
A 6 percent collective bargaining increase was given to civil servants and retired civil servants in the second half of this year. Salaries decreased by 27.65 percent in 5 months. The 34 percent increase in the minimum wage evaporated in the face of 5-month inflation of 33.65 percent. The situation of workers and Bag-Kur retirees, most of whom receive a monthly salary of around 7,500 liras, is miserable.
Önder Kahveci, Chairman of Turkey Kamu-Sen, pointed out that the inflation rate reached 4.5 times the increase in salaries for civil servants. Pointing out that the average civil servant salary is 25 thousand 500 TL when social benefits are included, Kahveci said, “Accordingly, civil servant salaries have decreased by 7 thousand 50 TL per month in the last 5 months. “Even to bring the purchasing power of our civil servants to the level of June, it needs to increase by at least 7 thousand 50 TL,” he said. Kahveci pointed out that the meltdown will grow even larger with the December inflation and that the economic difficulties experienced by public employees and retirees will continue to intensify and said, “There is a fact that is experienced every period, which is that the increases in civil servant salaries begin to fall behind even the inflation target. “Accordingly, the salary increases decided upon as a result of collective bargaining negotiations have ceased to be an increase and have become merely an upfront inflation payment,” he said.