Popular delivery service Getir is laying off motor couriers under the guise of safety measures, daily Birgün reported. Workers reportedly said that the layoffs were simultaneous with slower business compared to the boom they experienced during COVID-19 isolation.
The Turkish parliament's General Secretariat said on June 10 that no quarantine would be placed on the institution, despite an employee's COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Any employees who could have come in contact with the patient were temporarily replaced, an official statement added.
A nationwide ban on layoffs will be extended for another three months after mid-July, news broadcaster NTV reported. A new "employment shield" financial aid package is predicted to include continued cash aid to workers on unpaid leave as well as incentives for employers to hire new employees.
A legislation prepared by the ruling AKP bans layoffs but also gives employers the right to put their employees on unpaid leave during the coronavirus pandemic. Employees on unpaid leave are paid 39.24 liras ($5.79) per day by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
At the mercy of their employers, thousands unable to benefit from gov’t short-term unemployment fund
Aynur Tekin reports: Despite the loosening of the qualifications that are required to benefit from a short-term unemployment fund being paid out by Turkey's Employment Agency (IŞKUR) to those who have lost work due to the coronavirus epidemic, thousands are still prevented from receiving these payments. One major problem is that employers are the only ones who can apply for the fund on the behalf of themselves and their workers.
For the purpose of decreasing the risk of coronavirus infection, a scientific board from Turkey's Ministry of Health has ordered that tables in restaurants must be at least one meter apart from another, and that two meters is the preferred distance.