Industrial Working Conditions and the Treatment of Child Workers in Turkey

Arkan G., SOHBET R.

WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY, vol.62, no.11, pp.453-459, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3928/21650799-20140902-05
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.453-459
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study was to determine working conditions for children working at industry sites in Turkey. This descriptive study was conducted between May and June 2010 and included 249 workers 18 years or younger working at a Kahramanmaras industry site. Study data demonstrated that 33.3% of the children were 18 years old, 32.9% were working in a mechanics store, 82.3% were working 9 to 12 hours a day, 68.7% were earning a weekly wage of 55 to 100 Turkish Liras, and only 22 were using annual leave. These children started working under the age determined by law; they entered into the work force and quit school. Also, it was found that working conditions were suboptimal and no auditing was instituted in many workplaces.