The Government develops a law, when public workers will be able to pray on Friday according to working time-table.
On Tuesday, 5th of January, it was reported by the Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu. “We have prepared a law that will protect our religious freedom from the obligation to spend time in the office, without breaking working time-table” – said Davutoglu during the meeting of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
In the summer of 2015, on the eve of negotiations between employers and unions, representatives of public workers’ unions (Memur-Sen) appealed to the government to increase lunch break up to two hours in public institutions on Friday.
Friday prayer is a weekly obligation of Muslims. The duration is about 45 minutes. Muslim men gather in the mosques to pray. At the present time lunch break in public institutions is from 12 to 13 o’clock or from 12:30 to 13:30. At the same time in the winter Friday prayer starts at 12 p.m, and in the summer – at 13 p.m.