Turkey lags behind Europe in unionization

Turkey lags behind Europe in unionizationThursday was May Day, which was celebrated for the first time in our country in Istanbul in 1912. We mark this holiday, but we have serious problems in terms of subcontractors, unionization and workers’ rights. According to January 2014 data, there are 11,600,000 workers in Turkey. Only 1,096,000 of these belong to a union. The unionization rate for Turkey is 9.45 percent. This number is 23 percent in the EU and 17 percent in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)ountries. Unionization in Turkey occurs based on industry segments. According to the new law on unions adopted last year, unions will have to represent at least 1 percent of the total number of workers in the industry segment they operate. This will gradually rise to 3 percent. According to the January 2014 figures, only 47 out of 115 unions are even capable of exceeding the 1 percent threshold. After 2016, about one-third of the current number of unions will be able to meet the threshold. About 7 million laborers cannot be unionized as per the current law. Happy Labor Day.(CEM KILIÇ, MILLIYE

SOURCE: Todays Zaman