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.
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.”