International trade unions stand with Turkish workers in jail!

(3 October 2012 - Press Communication) On October 4, 15 female members of the confederation of Public Employees trade unions (KESK) will be in court accused of belonging to a terrorist organisation, while simply trying to organise women workers and fight for better jobs and conditions. The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) is mobilizing its members in solidarity with KEKS members in court. The international trade union movement has been observing the alarming situation in Turkey with increasing concern and we want to join with it in denouncing these mock trials. These women trade unionists have been in jail since February 13 when the KESK headquarters and some of the houses of the arrested members were raided. These raids have to be seen in the context of repeated harassment of the trade union movement in Turkey. EPSU stands shoulder to shoulder with those that fight for democracy, social justice and workers rights, particularly when those fighting back do so at the risk of imprisonment. We denounce the lack of justice for trade union activists and we will keep our commitment to support the struggle of Turkish unions for decent work, a more democratic society and job for all. {{Jan Willem Goudriaan}}, EPSU Deputy General Secretary has stated that ‘{We demand the immediate release of the jailed trade unionists and an end to the Turkish government’s intimidation campaign. Its only purpose is to curtail the unions and to give a free hand to corporations and public authorities to exploit workers and citizens. The Turkish government is fully aware that its acts violate European and international legal standards that protect freedom of organization and speech. We join hands with Turkish and European unions, human rights and other organisations in our colleagues defense’. } Tomorrow at noon in front of the Turkish Permanent representation to the European Union in Brussels (Avenue des Arts 36/38 1000 Brussels) there will be a solidarity picket and a press point. For more information contact: Pablo Sanchez, [psanchez@epsu.org->mailto:psanchez@epsu.org], 0032 474 62 66 33