DHL Logistics Workers In Turkey Benefit From Significant Agreement

8 Feb 2024

Turkish union Tumtis has successfully negotiated a landmark outcome for its members with DHL Logistics Services.

The agreement achieved by the ETF affiliate will mean wage increases of between 73% and 85%, and an increase in the number of bonuses the workers get, with unionised workers now having the right to four bonuses per year for the first time in the largely unorganised logistics sector in Turkey.

The salary increase reflects the rampant inflation in Turkey which stood at nearly 65% in December 2023.

Other significant wins in the agreement include:

  • A 100% increase in social benefits, including allowance for fuel, childbirth, death, marriage, and education
  • An increase in holiday bonuses, with a 134% bonus for Ramadan
  • A 129% increase in meal allowance
  • An increase in weekday overtime payments of 70%
  • An additional day’s annual leave.

88% of Tümtis’ members backed the agreement with DHL Logistics, which was signed on 2 February 2024.

Tümtis said the union will continue to fight to protect and improve the rights and interests of transport and logistics workers, and called on all workers who work for extended periods in insecure conditions denied overtime payment to immediately organise in a union.

More information on the agreement, and what it covers can be found on the Tümtis website.