As it is already known the Covid-19 virus has launched at China and now became a global threat. It should be stressed that Turkey has already taken serious of measures even before the new cases shown up in Turkey. Turkey followed up the updates closely and informed Turkish nation through national channels, radios and social media. Firstly; Turkey suspended the flights to the cities of Beijing, Guangzhoui, Shangai and Xian on 31 January 2020. Turkish citizens who live or work in China, were brought safely to their homeland. Thermal screening devices were installed at airports to prevent the entry of infected passengers. On 23th of February, border crossings with Iran were shut down. Now as the virus outbreaked from a man who returned from Europe, Health Minister calls on citizens to avoid going abroad and urges to receive self-quarantine for 14 days. Flights have been cancelled to affected countries at Europe.
Regarding the economical effect of the counties; it could be said that while Chinese economy slowing down, the price of oil started to drop at Turkey. But as the virus spread in Europe it could be said that the exportation of the supplies & products have been restricted to support local market. As many companies have been well informed regarding this vital virus, many of them made risk analysis in the long term and received action plan. Many tourism companies cancelled tour programs and organizations. Even though Turkey runs security processes better than other EU countries, there is a strict restriction and control of those who arrive from abroad. Unfortunately this situation will reflect tourism sector which will directly effect Turkish economy. Fortunately, Turkish Government has launched many financial measures to fight the impact of coronavirus.
All the official visits have been cancelled. Elementary and secondary schools were closed on 16th of March 2020. Students receive online education through the internet and TV. Universities also use the distance learning programme. All sport competitions will be held without spectators.
Many business person changed their schedule and postponed the meetings at abroad. More and more people transform their living places in to home offices. Shopping centres working hours were changed as 12 am- 20.00 pm. Many of brands began temporary closures. All bars, restaurants, cafes, organisational events, public prayers at mosques, hamams indoor activities, concerts are closed and cancelled. Many restaurants and cafes give service as take as away. The beauty centres receive reservations and give service individually.
WHAT FINANCIAL MEASURES TURKISH GOVERNMENT HAS RECEIVED?
ÖZ ORMAN-İŞ TRADE UNION MEASURES REGARDING COVID-19 VIRUS
As the current effects of virus change rapidly, our trade union received many measures to minimise the risks of the virus as it adopts the health and safety of its workers in the first place. To do this, we shared latest information and received practicable precautions at the work places. Protective disinfection materials such as; gloves, masks, soaps have been provided. Each offices and departments steriled separately. Furthermore additional precautions have been received as following;
It should once again emphasised that; Trade Unions are early warning systems of the society. Trade Unions and CSO’s play a major role in keeping infected workers at home. Awareness of self-isolation or quarantine should be encouraged in national and global level. We as Öz Orman-İş Trade Union, strongly believe the global cooperation in fighting against the Covid 19 virus. We all have responsibility to our workers and society to minimise the effects. Within the scope of protecting and preventing nation all stakeholders have key role to provide health and safety. To control diseases governments should share good practises, laboratory skills and developed health system. Now is the action to unite together end ensure global security for the benefits of each workers. The best way could be enabling workers to reach clear information via establishing information network that will be shared through EFFAT and /or other international organizations. It could be also an effective way to publish joint declaration regarding the precautions that should be received globally.
As the leading agriculture and forestry workers union, Öz Orman-İş (www.ozorman-is.org.tr) we are ready to work in cooperation with all the stakeholders. We believe that uniting together will be the best effective way to overcome this global threat.
SAFE NATION SAFE WORLD…
ÖZ ORMAN İŞ TRADE UNION
Öz Orman-İş Trade Union added Morocco Agriculture Workers Federation in to its global chain.
The Financial Secretary General Ali Bilgin, The General Organisation Secretary Zeki Sungur Kızılkaya, made various interviews with the executive board of the Federation at the invitation of the Federation of Agriculture Workers.
Morocco Agriculture Workers Federation, board members of the federation, agriculture engineers, representatives of the agriculture research institute, female employee representatives and association experts attended the meeting to discuss the cooperation opportunities and mutual solidarity possibilities.
Within the scope of the meeting; general information about the countries, trade union structure, labour experiences and problems were discussed. Öz Orman-İş Trade Union delivered information about Turkey’s labour legislation, labour rights and social security systems.