While the labor organizations oppose the probable effects of the “Supplementary Pension System” on the severance payment rights of the working class, the government has leaked its further contemplations on legalizing chain fixed-term contracts to the loyalist media. The intended amendment in the code is the permission of such contracts for workers under 25 and over 50, which would render them defenceless against their employers.
The Labor Center of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) promptly issued a brochure regarding the developments, namely “Government’s attempt to abolish severance pays: Fixed-term contract”.
The brochure reminds the fact that the Turkish labor legislation prohibits the conclusion of fixed-term labor contracts unless there is an objective fact to legitimize it. The reason is that the workers that are party to such agreements cannot enjoy the rights of job security, as well as severance and notice payments because of the self-termination of the contract.
The Labor Center also marks that the controversial intentions of the government and the bosses aim further flexibilization of the working relations. The brochure argues that having the supplementary system and the fixed-term intentions discussed at the same time, the government kills two birds with one stone. The government uses the usurpation of the acquired rights of the working class and the flexibilization to veil one another.
The government has determinedly tried to remove contract indemnities by every means possible in recent years. The trade unions, however, backlash the current arguments and declare the severance pays as the redline.