President of Türk-İş warned the government: Retired in a difficult situation

Türk-İş President Ergün Atalay, who said: “Pensioners, stop living on minimum wage, they cannot earn a living in a month, in 15 days”, warned the government: “They must say something positive about retiree, minimum wage, and low and fixed mid-year income.” used the sentences.

Türk-İş President Ergün Atalay announced his union’s program for May Day, the International Day of Working Class Unity, Struggle and Solidarity. Atalay also assessed the minimum wage and pensions.

Atalay will lay a wreath in Taksim Square in memory of those who died on May 1, 1977. She will celebrate May Day with professional labor organizations in major cities. According to the program of Türk-İş, this year May Day will be celebrated in 30 provinces.
Noting that May Day will be celebrated in 30 provinces this year, Atalay said, “In the remaining provinces, each union will hold meetings on its own, some in the provinces, some in the field. Some will hold a press conference. We would like to identify an area next year and, if possible, do it with three civil servants and three labor unions,” he said.
Speaking about the organizational issues, Atalay said: “The appointed and the elected stand against us together. It says “Don’t come, the employer leaves here”. We come to a certain point, they appear and they say: “They have a connection with terrorism”. If you love your God, we’re not hiring anyone. We don’t do identity checks when we start working,” he said.

“IF YOU DO IT, YOU CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEMS”

Criticizing the privatizations, Atalay said: “We are getting to such a point. Regarding energy, it recently snowed in Isparta, there was no electricity for 9 days. The same snow is falling in the east, why is there no problem there? If privatized companies do not buy and invest when these places are privatized, if people working on top of 200 meters of electric pole pay 4,000 lira, there is no investment in infrastructure-superstructures . If you do these things, you will not be able to solve these problems,” he said.
Stating that the bosses slandered the unions in order to prevent the organising, Atalay said: “In such a country, there are no non-governmental organizations or trade unionism. “The government will solve this problem,” he said.

“LET’S GO TOGETHER BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT ONE DAY”

Atalay, who referred to the increase in food prices due to the increase in inflation, drew attention to the fact that the price of cheese and milk had increased 5 times. Atalay continued his remarks as follows:
“Unions, parties. From time to time we go to Et Balık with Mr. Kemal. Let’s go see the markets and the employers one day. Let’s go together in front of the government one day. Let’s say ‘These people are organizing, you can’t fire them’. The problem is neither Kemal Bey, nor Ali Bey, nor Veli Bey. The problem is us.”
Expressing that Turkey is socially divided, Atalay said: “We are so divided that we have been talking about elections for three years. Together, we pay the price of choice. We look forward to seeing you soon. Even if there is an election, anyone who is useful for this country should come as soon as possible. Let’s get rid of this job, let’s be a solution to our problems,” he said.

“WE NEED TO TALK ON THE TABLE AND TALK BEFORE THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR”

Expressing that the minimum wage, pensioners and employee increases have no features, Atalay said, “We need to discuss these issues before the middle of the year.”
When asked by journalists about the debate on the minimum wage, Atalay made the following assessment:
“There is no need to meet in June, if possible. Inflation is announced on the fourth of each month. When was the minimum wage introduced? He received a minimum wage increase on February 1. After 1.5 months, this topic is discussed. I ask the minister, he says “I don’t know”. Who am I going to talk to, other than the minister?
There’s no point in waiting for that. The announced inflation should apply to the minimum wage, pensioners and employees. Let it be done immediately. It is in the hands of the rulers of Turkey. You don’t have to call the employers’ union about it, nor do they have to call us. It is announced on May 4. Let them add everything explained. Unions, trade unionists, political parties cannot sell hope. He says we will, they do.

“PENSIONERS CANNOT SURVIVE IN 15 DAYS”

As far as minimum wage, retirees in this country are suffering so much. Previously, two pensioners received the minimum wage. We have to sit down and talk about retirees and minimum wage under the same roof. 2.5 million pensioners receive the minimum wage. I shout you from here, without further ado, I was expecting something for the holidays, both for the Smic and for the pensioner, in the middle of the year, there was no holiday bonus for the pensioners.. Only living with the minimum wage, retired, they cannot earn a living in 15 days. We are here the representatives of the retired and the unemployed. 1% of unions earn minimum wage. We need to bring these minimum wage workers together under the umbrella of the organization.

“THEY NEED TO SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE AT THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR”

Atalay said they spoke to Vedat Bilgin, the Minister of Labor and Social Security, whom they met on their return from Isparta, about the issue of pensions and the minimum wage. Atalay said: “At the middle of the year, they have to say something positive about the pensioner and the minimum wage, as well as the narrow and fixed income. It’s Turkish,” he said.
Expressing that they will not give up on their demands, Atalay said, “Don’t give up. My friends keep saying and talking. We continue to talk about the problems I listed in 81 provinces in the May Day zones. Until we get results,” he said.
On the issue of electoral talks, Atalay said, “Let there be elections as soon as possible. We have been talking about elections for three years. There is nothing else on the agenda. They say it will be on time. We are tired. Let’s get rid of it as soon as possible, even if it happens,” he replied. When asked if his statement was a call for a snap election, Atalay replied:
“I’m not saying early elections. They say we will do it in time. Let it be done on time. Let people vote whoever they want. Let’s take care of what came out of the box. Let’s say to them: “You left the polls, let’s hear them”. In so many days, let’s give them a day.”

“SILENCE DOES NOT MEAN”

“It’s no use being silent. Atala said:
“Political parties and governments must not leave workers at the mercy of ruthless employers. Do we have employers doing their job properly? Thank you. I counted the number. 8 percent is the construction industry. I count. The rest is unorganized. The man said, “The money is mine. I am worker. If I want you, I’ll organize, otherwise I won’t. The man sees the castle. I can bring any union I want here.

PROVINCES WHERE MAY 1ST WILL BE COMMON Celebrated

The provinces where Türk-İş will celebrate with other professional labor organizations are as follows:
ANTALYA: DISK, HAK-İŞ, United Kamu-İş, KESK, TMMOB, MMO,
AYDIN: DISC and KESK.
DENİZLİ: DİSK, KESK, TMMOB, TTB and some political parties.
EDİRNE: DISK, KESK, TMMOB, United Kamu-İş, TTB, ADD, political parties.
İZMİR: DİSK, KESK, TMMOB, TTB, İzmir Bar Association.
KOCAELİ: HAK-İŞ.
SAMSUN: DISC, KESK.
SINOP: DISK, Kamu-Is, KESK.
TUNCELİ: DISK and KESK.
UŞAK: KESK, Kamu-İş and non-governmental organizations.
ZONGULDAK: TMMOB and KESK. .

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