The negotiations on the collective group agreement in the metal sector, which includes 140,000 workers, and the country’s most important export companies, have been completed. The total increase in hourly rates for the first and the second six months has reached 65.67%, according to the agreement reached by the Turkey Metal, Steel, Ammunition, Machinery, Metal Products Goods and Auto Assembly and Deputy Workers’ Union (Turk Metal), the Turkish Employers’ Association of Metal Industries (MESS) and the representative of employers.
In the meantime, Turkey confirmed 77,722 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, hitting the biggest daily spike since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, according to the Health Ministry. The Omicron variant became the dominant variant in the country, while the number of daily coronavirus cases nearly quadrupled and hospitalization rate rose around 10%, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. Speaking after the Coronavirus Scientific Board meeting, Koca said the Omicron variant seems to reduce the danger of the pandemic. The new decisions taken by the board about quarantine, isolation, and PCR testing as follows:
>> Those, who contacted diagnosed people but vaccinated and received booster shots, won’t be quarantined.
>> All people with positive cases can end the isolation after they complete the 7-day isolation.
>> PCR testing requirement for tracking and for those who have contacted diagnosed people was removed.
>> PCR tests will be done only for those, who show symptoms.
Industrial production index surged by 11.4% in November, compared to the same month of the previous year, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat). The index rose by 3.3% on a monthly basis.
Retail sales volume rose by 16.3% in November, compared to the same month of the previous year, according to TurkStat. Retail turnover increased by 45.5% in the same period.
Total turnover index surged by 60.4% in November, compared to the same month of the previous year, according to TurkStat. The index climbed by 11.8% on a monthly basis.