Despite a government offer of an immediate 2 percent raise plus an additional 2 percent and improved benefits for the lowest wage brackets in 2008, Turkish Public Workers' Labor Union (Kamu-Sen) President Bircan Akyıldız expressed his discontent after the first session in the sixth and last round of collective bargaining, saying:
"Our expectations are not irrationally high. The raises for public workers and Turkish Airlines [THY] workers are obvious. The offered raise was unacceptable."
He said the amount of money for low wage earners has not been disclosed yet, so they will respond in the second session after evaluating the government's offer.
Reports suggest the government was prepared to offer YTL 25 more each month, plus a lump sum benefit of YTL 25 for some.
The lowest monthly wage of a civil servant would increase to YTL 816 from YTL 735.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Şahin, appointed justice minister last night, said the offer was the best they could do.
Collective bargaining has resulted in lower raises
A study conducted by the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) using Finance Ministry data revealed that civil servants not involved in bargaining have seen higher wage increases than those participating since wage talks started in 2002.
KESK claimed that the collective bargaining system was working against the employees as a unilateral decision-making system controlled by the government.
Governors and provincial governors, which do not participate in the collective bargains, acquired the highest raises in this period.
Again, police officers, who are not considered in collective wage negotiations, received higher salary increases than school teachers, who are according to the study, provincial governors received the highest raise of 138.59 percent between 2003 and 2007.
Attorneys acquired a 111.19 percent pay raise and governors saw an increase of 85.24 percent in the same period.
The average raise for civil servants was 79.9 percent. The study revealed that pay raise policies have apparently worked to increase income imbalances between civil servants.
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