With economy reopening, Turkey to halt worker pay system: report

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Turkey, which reopened its economy this month after a coronavirus-related lockdown, will deactivate a temporary pay system used over the past three months to top up workers’ lost wages, the labor minister said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Speaking to the state-owned Anadolu news agency, Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk said 400,000 people had left the so-called short labor pay system in the past 10 days. She said the system could be replaced by other incentives instead.

More than 3.5 million have benefited from the system, data from the ministry show.

Meanwhile, Turkey will extend the three-month ban on layoffs that was imposed in April for three more months to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Daily Sabah.

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