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An article on the Turkish news site Today’s Zaman criticises the use of temporary labour in the country which, it alleges, has led to a practice of underpaying workers, and also endangers people’s lives.
Subcontracting is used by staffing firms and proves popular in the construction industry although employment levels have increased across several sectors. Government statistics show that the number of temporary agency workers in Turkey has increased from 400,000 ten years ago to 1.6 million in 2011.
“Firms can hire workers for a very short time to avoid paying for benefits and pay raises or dealing with other long-term problems like unions,” said Cemal Bilgin, head of the Turkish Outsource Workers’ Union, TAŞ-İŞ-DER.