Turkey extends ban on dismissing workers until end of June

Turkey’s government prolonged a ban on companies firing workers until the end of June.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended the measure in a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette on Friday.

Turkey has sought to prevent a slump in employment during the COVID-19 pandemic via the scheme and by providing financial aid to employers to put staff on short working weeks. Rather than firing workers, firms are permitted to place them on unpaid leave.

The government has faced criticism from opposition parties for failing to provide enough direct funding to citizens to help them deal with the pandemic.

This week, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), called on Erdoğan to propose a social aid package that would help closed businesses and day labourers in Turkey’s informal economies during an enhanced lockdown that began on Thursday and ends on May 17. He also urged the government to suspend debt collection proceedings by banks.