We Care About Social Dialogue

Zehra Zumrut Selcuk, Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services, said that they do not consider the 5 topics discussed at the Forum separately from each other. Stating that they attach importance to social dialogue, Mrs. Selcuk noted that although the rate of unionization is not at the desired level, it has increased in the last 17 years. Minister Selcuk emphasized that they will form special focus groups with trade unions in the coming days. Stating that women constitute 50 percent of the society, Selcuk said, “We, women, want to exist at certain points as much as we deserve. We do not want to be used to fill certain quotas. Women are always working. Women perform more than men and come to the same positions as men. We approach the principle of zero tolerance for violence to women. We are against where and how the violence comes from. Every day we intervene in many cases." Zehra Zumrut Selcuk said, “Child labor is the bleeding wound of our country, but not at the rate mentioned. Indicators show that child labor has fallen below 3 percent. We directly interfere with children being forced to work on the street. We reached 16 thousand children in 2 years." Selcuk explained that they had negotiations with Japan, which is advanced in elderly care.