Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday they assumed a positive attitude towards workers of Tekel (tobacco and alcoholic beverages monopoly), but they have become instruments of opposition political parties and marginal organizations.
Delivering a speech in the meeting of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Ankara, Erdogan said regarding the protest by Tekel workers that the government approached the issue in a positive and constructive way.
"Those who have been holding protest in the square of Ankara also include some who are not Tekel workers," he said.
Erdogan said they have been paying wages of Tekel workers for two years.
"Turk-Is's chairman told me that situation of Tekel workers should be improved. I discussed the issue with the minister and he is working on it," he said.
"We approached the matter with good intention and we said that demonstrations should end. The workers avoid a compromise with the government," he said.
Tekel workers have been protesting for 38 days in Ankara to secure a transfer to other public institutions along with their employee rights.