Workplace deaths increased by 10 percent during the state of emergency, opposition says

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said workplace deaths increased by 10 percent since the state of emergency was declared after July 2016 coup attempt.

“State of emergency means lack of job security, lack of unionism, lack of workplace safety and eventually workplace deaths,” CHP’s deputy chair responsible for labour affairs, Veli Ağbaba was quoted as saying by left-leaning newspaper Cumhuriyet.

In 2017, more than 2000 workers died in the workplace Ağbaba said.

Ağbaba also referred to the child labour problem and said the number of child workers in Turkey was 600,000 in 2012, but increased to 2 million in 2017 including undocumented child labour.