ECONOMY

Turkish Airlines wage deal

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Airlines (THY) sees some room for maneuver in union wage talks and expects to reach an accord within a week to avoid a threatened strike, the airline’s president said yesterday. Earlier yesterday THY said in a statement to the stock exchange it had received notification from civil aviation union Hava-Is, which represents THY employees, of its decision to strike if no deal is reached. «I envisage this matter will be resolved positively next Friday. We’ll finish this with an agreement,» THY President Candan Karlitekin told television channel NTV. «We have made an offer (to the union). There won’t be any significant change but there may be some room to play with,» he said. The union, which represents about 11,500 THY employees, including pilots and stewards, said previously it would implement its strike in late July or early August if there is no deal. Yesterday’s strike notification is now followed by a 60-day negotiation period.