Ankara urges EU delegation to compensate Turkish workers

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Ankara sent a diplomatic note to the European Union after the European Union Delegation in Turkey changed the payment of its employees’ salaries from euros to Turkish liras and ignored a court order to compensate workers. workers.

The issue over the payments of 78 employees was first reported by Turkish newspaper Sabah. Following the report, the Turkish Foreign Ministry sent a note to the EU and demanded that the matter be settled out of court as soon as possible with an attitude consistent with the final judgments issued by the court.

Workers working in the delegation had taken legal action after their euro salaries were single-handedly converted into Turkish liras in 2014. A Turkish court had ruled in favor of the employees and ordered the delegation to pay around 5 million euros. euros (79.4 million TL) to workers and 2.8 million TL ($191,857) to the Turkish government for legal costs. The decision was upheld by Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals in June 2021.

However, ignoring the court ruling, the EU made no payment. In its diplomatic note, the Turkish ministry indicated that the number of pending cases in the directions of the judicial officers rose to 105, urging the delegation to resolve the problem quickly.

The note published by Ankara pointed out that the relationship between the delegation and its local employees arising from labor law is a matter of private law and is subject to the laws of the Republic of Turkey. In its diplomatic notes dated February 11 and 22, the EU delegation had argued that the matter was exempt from local jurisdiction under the Vienna Convention.

The Turkish note pointed out that the relevant article of the Vienna Convention did not grant any privileges or immunities to the diplomatic mission in matters of private law.

The head of the EU delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, is expected to be summoned to the ministry in the coming days.

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