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Turkey — Employment organisation calls for legalising temporary employment

26 March 2010

The General Director of Turkish employment organisation ISKUR, Namik Ata, believes that legalising temporary employment in Turkey could be an important tool in the battle against the country's record 14% unemployment rate.

Under current legislation, private staffing agencies can only act as recruitment intermediaries between employers and workers. They are not allowed to employ workers and hire them out to companies on a temporary basis.

In July last year the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, vetoed an attempt by the Turkish parliament to legalise temporary employment in the country following fierce pressure from unions.
However, Namik Ata is aware that a number of staffing agencies which are licensed by Ä°SKUR and allowed solely to act as recruitment intermediaries between employers and workers, are illegally providing temporary employment services, anyway.

Ata told Turkish daily Today's Zaman, "for years, regardless of the fact that there is no legal basis, different firms have used temporary employment and are attempting to go towards that route. It is known that this also happens with subcontractors working alongside staffing agencies."

"If we find out that staffing agencies are engaging in temporary employment activities, we [have to] inform the Labour and Social Security Ministry and start the necessary legal proceedings against the firms engaging in such illegal activities".

Commenting on last year's failed attempt by parliament to legalise temporary employment in Turkey, Ata said, "this law would have stopped firms that are currently hiring out temporary workers to other firms as 'consultants'. It would also have helped reduce informal employment and bring social security to those working in the temporary employment field, while allowing the government to regulate the sector."

Turkey has applied for European Union (EU) membership but is not currently a member country. Regulating temporary employment would bring Turkey in line with the large majority of European Union countries, where temporary employment is completely legal and widespread.



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