AKP, has decided with a Prime Ministry’s notice to reimburse the retirees who worked in the public sector before November 1st, 2015. Even though this promise has been written in AKP’s election manifesto, the negotiations that were proposed to take place in June did NOT take place at all in 2016.
The approval of taking the new constitution to the public within the parliament have bestirred the government. Minister of Labor and Social Security Müezzinoğlu regarding the promotion that would be given to the retirees has said, “Hopefully they will be paid by March.”
CHP Istanbul Deputy Yarkadaş has commented on the subject. Yarkadaş said: “The date for the reimbursement is rather meaningful. Apparently the government will use our retired citizens right to that money as a political bribery. This kind of a manipulation could only be a strategy that AKP would use.”
CHP’s Yarkadaş has also said:
“Before the November 1st, 2015 elections, our general president for the party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu promised the retirees that they will get paid an additional compensation in Ramadan and Eid, under a CHP government. In response, the AKP government, with the Prime Ministry’s notice number 2007/21, have decided to reimburse the retirees who worked in the public sector.
Despite the fact that it has been more than a year, there were no advancements regarding that promise. We have warned the government numerous times that the promise made to our retired citizens must be fulfilled. There have even been some contradictoriness between ministers. The latter minister has denied such promise made by the former minister. We have proved these promises with revealing necessary documents.
‘An investment for the referendum’
The promise for compensations were put aside until the new Constitution draft was passed from the parliament and was decided to be taken to the referendum. Around 11 million retirees were promised to receive their reimbursements right before the probable referendum date. This is a political bribery. AKP has turned this into a habit. This promotion idea is a made up strategy by AKP following our general president Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s comments. Since there is an election on the horizon, AKP started to utilize this promise hastily.
Our retired citizens will figure these ‘play politics’ out. They will also figure out how these compensations were manipulated. The reimbursements shall be paid immediately before it’s March. The efforts of utilizing these promotions is also an indicator that proves how scared the government is from the upcoming referendum. The increasing support to say ‘NO’ to the new Constitution has alarmed and mobilized the AKP government.