Public workers’ wages up 3 pct, food prices up 14

While the average civil servantand’s wages rose a mere 3 percent over the last year, food prices saw a 13.9 percent increase in the same period, a recent report released by the Public Workersand’ Labor Union (Kamu-Sen) has shown.
In a press release issued Monday, Kamu-Sen president ismail Koncuk shared the details of the report and warned of further deterioration in the economic well-being of public personnel.
Koncuk said the amount of veal that a public worker with an average wage can afford with hisher full salary slumped from 80.9 kilograms in 2014 to 67.5 kilograms in 2015. The andquotyearly lossandquot of a civil servant has reached to 703 kilograms in onion, 391 kilograms in orange, 241 kilograms in tomato, 191 kilograms in potato, 181 kilogram in eggplant, 94 kilogram in strawberry and 8 kilogram of cheese, Koncuk maintained.
Retired public workers with a pension worth TL 1,400 in May last year, got only TL 1,442 in May of this year, the report said.
After criticizing the unions authorized to negotiate with the government for yearly wage increases for public workers, Koncuk also lambasted the much debated expenditures of President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s newly built presidential palace.
and”While some people drink the tea which cost TL 4,000 [per kilo] from glasses worth TL 1,000 each, citizens have become unable to afford onions.and”
Earlier this year, the pro-government daily Yeni iafak said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family drink Turkish white tea, which is TL 4,000 per kilo. The Turkish Union of Engineers and Architectsand’ Chambers (TMMOB)laimed late in 2014 that gold-plated drinking glasses in the palace are worth around $500 each, more than the monthly minimum wage in Turkey.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman