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EPSU protests arrests of health workers Maltepe University Hospital Istanbul

(26 February 2015) The police brutally removed protesting workers from the offices of the Maltepe University Hospital in Istanbul Wednesday 25th February. The workers are protesting the dismissal of 98 workers after these workers joined EPSU affiliate Dev Sağlık-İş - the health union of the progressive labour confederation, DISK. They demanded better pay and conditions which had been discussed for several years. The unionists were dismissed 6 December 2014. The workers have established a (...)

EPSU supports air traffic controllers in conflict with management in Romanian company

(26 February 2015) Management of the Romanian air traffic controllers company is pushing through a restructuring plan without consultation with the unions. It further is threatening the trade union representatives with dismissals and other sanctions for speaking out. Previous management has been replaced with generals coming from the army by the government. They have no experience, nor culture or understanding for social dialogue. ROMATSA is endangering the safety of passengers. There (...)

Standing up against employers that attack the right to strike

(18 February 2015) On the global day of action in defense of the right to strike, EPSU staff joined the event organised by the Belgian unions FGTB, CSC and CGSLB, the Liga voor Mensenrechten, ETUC and ITUC. The day of action is organised to underline to employers and their supporting governments that they should stop undermining the right to strike in the ILO. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of ITUC spoke of the importance of the right to strike to defend working people and our (...)

Global Day of Action on the Right to Strike - Reminding European employers they are choosing the side of dictators

(17 February 2015) With several governments and all employers attacking the right to strike in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and at home, trade unions across the world join hands to demonstrate their determination defending the right to withdraw our labour in defense of our interests. EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan: "By attacking the right to strike in the ILO, the European, US and other employers are determined to weaken workers and the unions so we are less (...)

Ukrainian unions threatened by nationalists and separatists

(1st July 2014) Ukrainian trade unions are reporting that there are now constant attacks against their leadership and members by nationalist radicals. A recent meeting of the Presidium of the confederation was interrupted by a crowd seeking to intervene in the meeting. Similar elements in the Verhovna Rada, the Ukranian Parliament, have tabled a resolution seeking an investigation into the union activities and especially the use of the properties of the union. For many years there have been (...)

Jailed Turkish trade unionists released

Update (27 June 2014) EPSU has been informed that the 17 trade unionists which were arrested, have been released. EPSU has asked the Turkish authorities for an independent investigation of the police force used. Free Turkish trade unionists inmediately! EPSU call for an immediate halt to trade union repression (25 June 2014) We just got the worrying news that General Secretary of DISK, Ms. Arzu Çerkezoğlu was beaten and detained during a sit-in in front of the national parliament in Ankara. (...)

Ukrainian trade unions publish election manifest: democracy, wages, corruption, independent state

(23 April 2014) With tensions very high following the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the unrest in the Eastern part of Ukraine, threats to gas supplies as well as the policies announced by the government and IMF, the country is also facing Presidential elections in May. The trade unions have issued their election manifesto taking as their reference democracy and achieving European standards of living. They expect the future President of Ukraine to ensure the development of Ukraine as a (...)

EPSU supports imprisoned trade unionists in Turkey

EPSU General Secretary joins international delegation to join court hearing against 27 KESK members and leaders on 23 - 24 January 2014 in Istanbul (24 January 2014) An international delegation of trade unionists from Austria, Belgium, France, Sweden and the UK, together with representatives from Labour Start and the International Institute for Trade Union Rights and coordinated by the trade union rights department of the ITUC observed a court hearing against 27 KESK members and leaders. (...)

EPSU asks Turkish government to respect trade union rights and stop criminalisation trade union work

(14 January 2014) Edgar and Günter summarised it well what we had heard this morning sitting on the wooden benches in a cold courtroom in Ankara. "We are shocked that trade unionists are prosecuted in this manner in Turkey. If participating in strikes and demonstrations, and organising them is a criminal activity and seen as radical, then we are all radicals". Together with the Austrian colleagues of EPSU affiliate GdG we had participated in the first hearing of the trial brought against (...)

Turkish municipality infringes on workers’ right to strike

(26 August 2013) Following a deadlock in collective negotiations, and failure to reach an agreement during the subsequent mediation process, our colleagues of Genel-Is took the decision to call a strike for 26 July 2013. The two affected companies of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Izelman and Izenerji respectively tried to prevent this strike from taking place by appealing to the authorities. They used a reference to the Law on Trade Unions and Collective Labour Agreements that prohibit (...)

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