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, Opens window for sending emailMehmet Koksal.

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