Global union federations work together for trade union rights

Global union organisations, including Public Services International, met with Turkish unions in September to discuss the latest situation in terms of trade union rights. While there had been some progress there were still major concerns and the constitutional change allowing for collective bargaining in the public sector had not yet been implemented through legislation. The global union federations issued a statement calling for an end to both government and private employer repression of trade union rights and an end to the constant threats against workers and union leaders seeking to use and defend those rights. This includes the use of physical violence by police and security forces. In addition there has to be an end to the systematic dismissal of workers who chose to exercise their universal human right to join a trade union. The global unions are committed to continue to work in support of trade union rights in Turkey and to keep pressure on the government to revise anti-union legislation. [Read more background on Turkey at > EPSU->] [Read the 2011 ITUC survey information on Turkey at > ITUC (EN, FR, DE, ES)->]