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Turkey bans layoffs, introduces benefits, amid mounting earthquake failures

The Turkish government’s new decisions come amid mounting criticism over its failure to provide a timely and organized response to the killer earthquakes.
A man sits atop a rolled-up tent in the garden of Yenimahalle Cemevi.

Facing public anger over the slow earthquake response, organizational failures and tent shortages, the Turkish government introduced on Wednesday a series of new measures aimed at offsetting the killer earthquakes’ impact on working-class families. 

According to a presidential decree posted on the Official Gazette, the government froze layoffs in Turkey’s 10 provinces that were affected by the earthquake. The government also introduced limited wage support for employers whose businesses sustained heavy or moderate damage and unemployment benefits for those who lost their jobs after the earthquakes. The measures will remain in effect until the end of the emergency rule which the government declared in the provinces after the earthquakes.

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