Decree giving municipal contract workers tenure comes into force

Around 900,000 municipal workers and employees at municipal contractors have been given better benefits and work security as the result of a clause in a state of emergency decree that came into force on Tuesday, centrist newspaper Posta said.

The clause, which allowed those working at the municipal level on fixed-term contracts to apply to become full-time employees, fulfilled a long-term demand of contracted municipal workers.

Advert placed in Milliyet on Jan. 2

Some employers, however, were less than pleased with the move, including one (above) that took out a large advertisement asking the Employment Ministry and Finance Ministry to get in contact.

Employees in other sectors were encouraged by the move. At a recent event, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was approached by a man who asked for it to be extended to state-owned sugar factories, the secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

“What employee status?” Erdoğan replied. “You’re working already.”


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