Companies in the eleven provinces affected by the earthquakes of February 6 in Turkey will not be able to lay off their workers in the coming months, but they will be able to request aid from the State to pay salaries. This is established in a presidential decree published in the official state bulletin. According to the text, except for closure of business or for going “against morality and good will”, no company in the affected provinces can once dismiss employees or cancel service contracts.
The rule will be in force during the state of emergency, proclaimed for these provinces on February 8 and for 90 days. Businesses that are forced by circumstances to substantially reduce the presence of their employees at work can ask the State for financial aid to continue paying salaries, a system initially established during the covid-19 pandemic.
These aids will be granted without waiting for the condition of the buildings related to the business to be verified, but they can be claimed later if the applicants have given false information. In addition, people who were left without work or other aid will receive a daily aid of 133 liras (about 6.5 euros at the current exchange rate).
At the same time, there is a lack of workers
The earthquakes, which have caused the death of at least 42,000 people in Turkey, have completely paralyzed the economy in the most affected areas, such as Antioch, where it is not possible to enter any building at the moment due to the risk of collapse. In this city, the companies located in industrial sites not affected by the earthquakes are experiencing a different problem: they cannot find workers since nobody wants to stay in a city where in the coming months it will only be possible to live in tents, without basic services.