SHAFAKNA TURKEY – workerIncreases in salaries for civil servants and pensioners at the beginning of the year practically evaporated in two months. The purchasing power of the minimum wage, which was raised to 8,506 liras at the beginning of the year, dropped to 7,261 liras in 2 months, and the purchasing power of the lowest pension decreased from 5,500 liras to 4,000 liras. 695 lira. For two months, the salaries of civil servants amounted to 1,834 Turkish liras, and the pension of civil servants – 1,109 Turkish liras. Wages couldn’t keep up with falling inflation on paper.
REDUCTION TO 10 THOUSAND TL
The Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) calculated that consumer inflation, which was 6.65% in January, was 3.15% in February. The Inflation Research Group (ENAG), on the other hand, announced that inflation was 9.26 percent in January and 7.21 percent in February. Accordingly, the cumulative rise in inflation over the two-month period remained at 10 percent according to TURKSTAT and reached 17.14 percent according to ENAG.
In January, the salary of the lowest-ranking civil servant increased by 30 percent to 12,532 lira, along with the collective agreement, the inflation difference and the election campaign. However, the purchasing power of civil servants fell to 11,393 liras in accordance with the two-month inflation announced by TUIK and to 10,698 liras according to ENAG calculations.
The loss of the purchasing power of the teacher was 2,45 liras according to ENAG, and the loss of the purchasing power of a policeman was 2,618 liras. The purchasing power of the head of the department, which was 27,950 lire in January, fell to 23,860 lire, melting down 4,900 lire. In the second month of the year, there was a loss of 1,712 liras in the wages of civil servants, which at the beginning of the year was 11,700 liras, as well as a loss in the purchasing power of nurses. salary reached 2 thousand 290 lire.
Pension 805 lira, minimum wage lost 1245 lira
The fact that inflation almost swallowed up wage increases meant that minimum wage recipients suffered a severe loss in income due to the high cost of living along with retirees. In this context, the purchasing power of the lowest pension of a pensioner, which in January was 7,582 liras, according to ENAG calculations, decreased to 6,473 liras at the beginning of March. The purchasing power of the pension of the lowest worker, craftsman and retired peasant, which was 5,500 lire, fell to 4,695 lire. The purchasing power of the minimum wage, which was raised to 8,506 lira in early 2023, has fallen by 773 lira to 7,261 lira, according to TUIK. According to ENAG, the purchasing power of the minimum wage fell by 1,245 liras to 7,261 liras.
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