Close to 40 percent of the minimum wage will be touched

AKP Vice President and Istanbul Vice President Numan Kurtulmuş said: “Including our retirees in July. I think a tapping of around 40 percent will be achieved. Likewise, a tapping of the minimum wage will be made.”


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AKP Vice President and Istanbul Deputy Numan Kurtulmuş answered questions from Serap Belet, Kürşad Oğuz and Kemal Öztürk on the Habertürk TV agenda.

Kurtulmuş said: “Including our retirees in July. I think a touch of around 40% will be achieved. Likewise, a touch will be made on the minimum wage. There are measures to be taken to reduce inflation in the medium term,” Kurtulmuş said. . Kurtulmus said.

Kurtulmuş’s comments on the economy are as follows:

“The world economy has not faced a crisis like this for many years. First, the heavy picture caused by the conditions of the pandemic, the breakdown of supply chains. The dollar price increases in the world’s very important commodity markets, such as energy , natural products, gas, oil, etc. -We are in the process of war with Russia. Even the US has started to talk about recession. The Fed has entered an unusual process with the biggest increase in interest rates. Turkey is trying to overcome the difficulties that We focus our attention on three areas. The second is inflation, caused by both rising global prices and rising exchange rates. Controlling inflation is the second area. But on the other hand, the cost of living that our citizens face in doing so, taking steps to raise the income level of our citizens to a higher level. Last year, we directly supported our citizens in energy and fuel. Energy sas were covered by the state.

We are making efforts to increase the income of our citizens, giving up the taxes our citizens should pay and giving support. Including our retired workers in July. I think a touch close to 40 percent will be achieved. Likewise, a touch on the minimum wage will be carried out. There are measures to be taken to reduce inflation in the medium term. What is urgent is that we see that our citizens are faced with a serious problem of purchasing power. For this, purchasing power must be sustained. Ensuring that more agricultural land is planted in the medium term. Our Minister of Agriculture made this statement. Lowering the prices of agricultural products. Making arrangements not only for loans, but also for the production of cheap land, in order to allow our low- and middle-income citizens to buy more comfortable housing. A very meticulous work is being done on them. In the near future, we need to provide measures to increase the purchasing power of families.


The world economy and national economies are always intertwined. The process we are going through has brought the two dynamics very close together. If grain between Ukraine and Russia does not enter world markets, no economy can easily protect itself from it. It’s a matter of being predictable about the economy. We are going through a very dynamic process under current conditions. For example, Turkey’s performance in the first 5 months gave the budget a surplus of 124 billion. We are the country that still maintains budgetary discipline. Turkey is a country with a current account surplus excluding energy. Unfortunately, we are externally dependent on energy. We consider your own national coal movement, launched in 2018, to be very valuable. Our exports reached the level of 240 billion dollars. Employment has returned to its pre-pandemic period. When you look at it, Turkey is a country that exports and produces jobs. The main problem is the cost of living. We take steps in this direction without disturbing the balance. We will feel relief with these summer months, and a more permanent relief with the base effect in the following period. As far as cruise tourism is concerned, we’ve reached numbers that we haven’t been able to achieve for a long time. We see that hotels in Istanbul and Antalya are very busy. With the summer months, agricultural products began to follow a downward trend. In no way have we broken supply chains since the beginning of the pandemic process. No goods were sold in Turkey. It was expensive, there was volatility, but as a result, supply chains were not broken.

When we look at energy prices in foreign currency, they have increased in Turkey, but we cannot say that they have increased more than in the world. Either you will have oil and natural gas or your money will be reserve money. Your money is not reserve money, you have no oil and natural gas revenues. You financed 165 billion lire from the public so that it would not negatively affect the purchasing power of citizens. Everything that can be done here has been done to the fullest. It should be underlined that there is a new orientation in Turkey’s economy. You can’t just talk about interest, inflation, unemployment, exports, they are a whole. Turkey has made a choice since 2013. After leaving the IMF program, he went in one direction. A model of Turkey that produces, increases employment, encourages investment and increases exports.

Whatever is on our citizens’ agenda, whatever is discussed in the bazaar or in the market, this issue is on the government’s table. When solving it, it is the government’s political priority to solve it according to the expectations of our citizens, not within the scope of available possibilities. Putting the inflation gap, including civil servant retirees, on top of it, an increase of around 40% might be a little too low, a little too much. These are working. Fortunately, our nation will see a result that will say ‘it was fair’ in July. When there is a demand for an additional raise here, of course it will cover all civil servants.”

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