During the visit, which was held at the invitation of Türk-İş President Ergün Atalay, Turk-İş Secretary General Pevrul Kavlak, General Financial Secretary Razaman Ağar, General Education Secretary Nazmi Irgat, Secretary General Eyüp Alemdar took part in the meeting. During the meeting, Albayrak explained that the economy has been improving for a long time. He argued that the economy would be even better in the coming years. During the meeting, Türk-İş management preferred to listen to Albayrak mostly. However, losses in employee wages due to tax slices were also transferred to Albayrak. It was pointed out that the wages that the workers received were reduced in the second half of the year due to entering the upper tax segment. It was stated that a worker did not receive the wage at the beginning of the year at the end of the year. The demand for justice in the tax was expressed. Albayrak was content with saying that the situation will improve in the coming years. In Albayrak’s meeting with the Türk-İş Board of Directors, arrangements where workers react, such as severance pay, did not come to the agenda.
It was learned that the meeting took place as a courtesy visit. However, after meeting with the board of directors, Türk-İş Chairman Ergün Atalay and Albayrak ate. Other board members did not attend the bilateral meeting.
In the letter he sent to the Ministry of Treasury and Finance at the end of last year, Türk-İş made the following assessment by drawing attention to the heavy tax burden on the wage earners:
“A worker with an average monthly gross salary of 4 thousand 500 TL received a net salary of 3 thousand 409 TL (1091 TL is deducted for tax and social security premium), while in June his net salary decreased by 191 TL to 3 thousand 218 TL. Even if its fee increased by 4 percent in July, it decreases to TL 3,60 by decreasing 349 TL at the end of the year. A worker with a monthly gross income of 4 thousand 500 TL pays 9 thousand 359 TL in total in income tax and stamp tax in 2019. In other words, he faces the obligation to pay approximately 3 months’ worth of net income from his 12-month work. ”