The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) deemed the July 3 explosion at a fireworks accident a "workplace homicide," a term used to describe accidents caused by gross neglect. There had been six accidents in the same factory in the past 11 years, the TTB noted, and said that July 3's fatal blast was a long time coming.
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.