The Workers’ Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has issued a written statement on the occasion of Anti-Poverty Week, June 1-7.

The statement reads, “60% of Turkey’s working population (editorial: including occupied Western Armenia) earn the minimum wage or less, over 20 million people actually live below the poverty line, if the unemployed also count, the figure reaches 30 million.”

The Justice and Development Party (AKP), in power since 2002, has created a fragile consumer-based economy in 10 years, does not produce, does not create jobs, and depends on the latest flows of foreign capital. The AKP government has made flexible, insecure employment, withdrawal from trade unions, voluntary redundancy, impoverishment, jobs it has failed to create, starving “Turkish workers” and suicide as its main political objectives.