With the collective agreement signed with the understanding of “equal pay for equal work” of Tunç Soyer, the Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, approximately 629 İzmir Metro A.Ş. A monthly food voucher of 200 liras was introduced for its personnel. Employees started shopping at the People's Grocery Store. As of February, food checks that will be increased to 300 liras will contribute to the budget of the worker, while producers will be supported with more than 2 million purchases per year.
People's Grocery, which was opened by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer with the understanding of “Another Agriculture is Possible”, while contributing to the kitchen economy of the workers, also strengthens the cooperatives that bring together small producers. İzmir Metro A.Ş., affiliated to İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. Within the scope of the collective bargaining agreement (TİS) signed between Demiryol-İş Union, which is organized in metro and tram enterprises, approximately 629 İzmir Metro A.Ş. A monthly food voucher of 200 liras, given to its personnel, was started to be used in the People's Grocery Store, where cooperative products are available. The personnel, who will continue to reach healthy and economical food with the food checks that will be increased to 300 liras as of February, are satisfied with the application.
“Fresh products from the field to our home…”
Shopping at People's Grocery with a food check, İzmir Metro A.Ş. employee Güray Gete said, “We really meet with the fresh products that come from the field to our house. Prices are also affordable. We were very satisfied. We thank our municipality for providing this service.”
İpek Işık said, “It has been a very good service for us. It contains both organic and quality products. Under current conditions, it is not possible to find these organic products at such affordable prices. This is an opportunity provided by our municipality. We would like to thank our President Tunç.”
“An important support to our family budget”
Emre Özyıldız said, “We can very well evaluate the food checks we receive with a collective bargaining agreement here. We do not have to come here, we can buy it online if we want. A very important support to our family budget. It is really difficult to buy organic products at these prices," he said.
Ferhat Çelik also said, “I am grateful to our Bronze President, our union and İzmir Metro A.Ş. Thank you to the management. In this period when purchasing power is decreasing, this application supports our budget. For example, we can take meat. There are houses where meat is no longer allowed. We can also buy organic products," he said.
3 thousand 500 lira per year
Within the scope of the application, İzmir Metro A.Ş. employees will be able to shop from nine Halkın Grocery branches in various parts of İzmir, amounting to a total of 3 Turkish lira per year. The People's Grocery, where approximately 500 products of the cooperatives are offered for sale, will also ensure that the employees have access to healthy and economical food.