Union announces hunger line at TL 925 for May

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May 25, 2012, Friday/ 16:05:00

The Confederation of Turkish Labor Unions (Türk-İş) on Friday released a statement announcing figures for the hunger and poverty lines for May: TL 925.36 for the hunger line for a family of four, while the poverty limit was estimated at TL 3,014.

According to Türk-İş, the aim of the study it has been conducting for 24 years is to show the living conditions of workers in Turkey. It calculated the grocery expenses for a healthy and balanced diet for a family of four at TL 925.36. In addition to grocery expenses, the study calculated a family of four would need TL 3,014 to cover other expenses such as clothing, utilities, rent, transportation, education, health and sundry expenditure.

According to the union, food prices declined by 1.52 percent in May compared to the previous month but increased by 7.72 percent compared to the same month a year earlier.

The study revealed the minimum daily wage to be TL 23, but the necessary daily expenditure for a family of four averaged more than four times that figure, at TL 100.

However, the study emphasized the increasing prices as a result of inflation have not brought any increases in salaries for employees and stressed that workers have the right to criticize their pay levels since they are not benefiting from the country's solid economic growth. The Turkish gross domestic product (GDP) grew by an average of 5.4 percent between 2002 and 2011.

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