Turkish workers, employers urge more anti-virus steps from government

Turkish unions representing both employers and employees urged the government to take further measures to shield the economy against the negative impact of the coronavirus.

The Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (TISK) said the government should extend delays to taxes and payments for all sectors of the economy, Dünya newspaper reported on Monday.

Leading labour union, the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) said Ankara should bar redundancies and unpaid leave. It also called on the government to push back the payment of utility bills and ensure that banks delay workers’ loan repayments, Dünya said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ’s government has faced criticism from some commenters and economists for the limited size and scope of a 100 billion lira ($15 billion) economic package announced last week.