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Modifications planned to labour law proceedings

Introduction

Turkey has approximately 10 million registered employees and a robust, labourfriendly body of law. Against this backdrop, employment relationships frequently end with a lawsuit against the former employer. This results in large caseloads for the labour courts. Employee representatives, academics, legal professionals, sociologists and politicians have discussed many alternatives to litigation in order to minimise the volume of these disputes and speed up the dispute resolution process. Recent discussions have centred on three potential solutions.

Mandatory mediation

The principle of mandatory mediation was introduced in 2012 for several categories of civil law dispute. The legislative and judicial authorities are trying to encourage the use of mediation in employment disputes due to the large burden on the labour courts. According to the planned amendments, employees will be required to apply for official mediation before initiating a lawsuit for claims involving:

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First published by ILO (Employment and Benefits Newsletter) January 2016