Doubts arise over AK Party promise to subcontracted workers

Though the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) pledged to provide salaried status to hundreds of thousands of subcontracted public employees, only a third will actual end up benefitting, according to a report in the Cumhuriyet daily on Friday.
The pledge was billed as one of the essential duties of the government in the first 100 days following the election. However, only 200,000 out of the 650,000 subcontracted state workers will be able to become salaried state employees. These 200,000 have been categorized as engaged in and”essential tasksand” whereas the remaining 450,000 have been designated and”assistant laborersand” and will remain as employees of subcontracting firms, according to the report.
The number of subcontracted workers surged rapidly during the tenure of the AK Party. Many of these laborers are employed in the construction and mining sectors, where they are often not sufficiently trained. This raises the possibility of deadly workplace accidents, which are common in Turkey, particularly in these two sectors. Subcontracted workers are generally paid significantly lower wages than salaried workers, are not privy to the same benefits and are frequently forced to live in squalid on-site conditions.
Critics have also pointed out that the governmentand’s pledge was only extended to subcontracted workers in the public sector, and that for the hundreds of thousands of workers employed by subcontractors in the private sector, nothing will change regarding their employment status.


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