Turkish doctors call on government to give workers paid leave

The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has said that the government’s isolation measures were insufficient and called on it to provide workers with paid leave in order to prevent millions going to work during the coronavirus outbreak. 

“It is not possible to say that the government has established a proper social isolation system. There is a complete mess. A paid leave system must be activated immediately,” TTB President Sinan Adıyaman told DW Turkish on Wednesday

Adıyaman said that, in the interest of public health, the government should not be allowing millions of employees to go to work.

Sezai Berber, a member of the TTB’s board, said that a lack of transparency and information from the government was leading many members of the public to underestimate the risks from the coronavirus. 

Arzu Çerkezoğlu, the head of the Revolutionary Trade Unions Confederation (DISK), told DW Turkish that, while the government has called on people to stay at home, it was also allowing workplaces, factories, and construction sites to remain open. “Workers have to go out and take all kinds of risks in order not to lose their jobs and income,” he said.