Members of the, ''Health and Safe Future for Everyone Platform,'' consisting of 76 non-governmental organizations including the Revolutionary Labour Unions Confederation (DISK), Confederation of Public Employees Labour Unions (KESK), Union of the Chambers of Turkish Engineers & Architects (TMMOB), Turkish Medical Association, and the Turkish Dentists Association, organized demonstrations held in Kadikoy, a distinct of Istanbul, which started at 2.00 p.m. (GMT 1100)
Riot police intervened when, in an isolated incident, a group of young protestors clashed with non-uniformed police. The group causing the disturbance were removed from the area and the meeting continued peacefully.
On April 1 the unions launched two-hour warning strikes as a protest against the bill for the second time in a month.
Turkey's social security deficit exceeded 25 billion Turkish lira ($20 billion) or 4 percent of GDP in 2007, and officials warned it would reach nearly 30 billion Turkish lira this year if the reform is not passed. The long-delayed social security reform aims to cut this huge deficit and one of the conditions for the release of a 1.3 billion dollar IMF loan tranche.
The government and unions reached consensus on some portions of the bill after the debate was opened in Parliament on March 27, including a figure of 7,200 working days needed for blue-collar workers to reach retirement. But no agreement was reached on a one key part of the package, more closely followed by financial markets and the International Monetary Fund, to raise the retirement age to 65.