Turkey: Journalists Get 18 Weeks Maternity Leave
In Turkey, newspaper journalists can get 18-week maternity leave fully paid by the employers.
The EFJ affiliate, The Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS), has successfully negotiated a new collective agreement for journalists working for the newspaper Evrensel.
The new agreement has significant improved the working conditions of journalists. Female journalists can benefit the 18-week maternity leave (fully paid) and child allowance of 750TRY (equivalent to 250EUR). Female journalists are also entitled to one-day paid holiday on the International Women’s Day on 8 March.
However, male colleagues will not be entitled to any paternity leave.
According to the new agreement, staff will also receive 12.5% and 11% salary increase for the first and second year (to counter the high inflation rate - 9.66% in 2014).
If you want to know more about the agreement, you can contact our national coordinator, Mehmet Koksal.
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