May. 29, 2015 Nearly six months after 98 workers were sacked by a private contractor at Maltepe hospital in Istanbul, a court has ruled that the company must reinstate a third of the workers or pay significant compensation. The verdict is a first step and others are due covering other employees who were dismissed. The union will seek discussions on reinstatement and a collective agreement.Read more at > EPSU
May. 28, 2015
(28 May 2015) After months of struggle, the dismissed workers and their union Dev-Saglik-Is saw a judge rule that the workers need to be re-instated or the company has to pay significant compensation.
Apr. 15, 2015 A number of trade union activists who were among the organisers of the 1 May March in Istanbul last year have finally been acquitted after facing trial and possible prison sentences of up to four years for organising an illegal march. The activists included trade union leaders from the KESK and DISK confederations.Read more at > KESK (TK)And earlier information at > DISK (EN)
Apr. 15, 2015 The ETUC has welcomed a decision of the European Court of Human Rights as a small but important step forward for trade union rights in Turkey. The case concerned a disciplinary measure taken against a teacher, who held office in a trade union, for taking part in a panel discussion organised by a political party. The Court found that the reprimand imposed on Mr Sezer constituted a restriction of his freedom of association.Read more at > ETUC (EN+FR)And at > ECHR ruling (EN)]
Feb. 25, 2015 A threat of legal action and major demonstration by the YOL-İŞ construction union seems to have generated a reaction from the government. The union planned to mount a legal challenge against the Ministries of Transport and Finance over their failure to abide by a Supreme Court ruling dating from 2011. The Court said that 8761 union members had the right to be directly employed by the General Directorate of Turkish Highways from the first day of their employment rather than via a subcontractor. In advance of the union's demonstration planned for 5 February the government initiated talks and the Minister of Labou later announced that a commission would be established to investigate the situation of YOL-İŞ members and their right to direct employment. The union decided to suspend any further action until the Commission reports which is expected in a few weeks.
Jan. 23, 2015 EPSU and PSI are backing a Labourstart campaign in support of the workers sacked by the Maltepe hospital in Istanbul. The workers had jointed a union and were campaiging for improvements in pay and conditions. The hospital sacked nearly 100 workers some of whom had been employed at the hospital for over 10 years. EPSU has written to the hospital management and the PSI general secretary Rosa Pavanelli visited the workers who have been carrying on their protest since early December.Read more at > EPSUAnd at > PSIAnd sign the online petition at > Labourstart
Nov. 28, 2014 A major demonstration organised by the Yol-iS trade union has increased pressure on the directorate of highways to extend collective agreement coverage to sub-contracted workers. This is a major issue for trade unions and Yol-iS has won a number of court rulings saying that sub-contracted workers should be covered by the main collective agreement.Read more at > EPSUAnd at > Yol-iS (TK)
May. 15, 2014 The TÜM BEL-SEN municipal union, part of the KESK confederation, launched two fax campaigns on 30 April in protest about attacks by the local authorities in Ankara and İzmir Balçova against the trade union and its members. In Ankara some workers have been dismissed, relocated, or had their public servant status removed following their participation in strike action. In İzmir Balçova, the major has tried to block TÜM BEL SEN from carrying out trade union activity and was abusive towards and refused to meet a union delegation.
Feb. 28, 2014 Report from Yol-ISThousands of construction workers joined a demonstration in Ankara on 15 February in protest against sub-contracting and forced transfer of employees. Despite a court ruling dating from 2011 many workers who should be directly employed by the Directorate of Highways and covered by collective agreements have been subject to illegal sub-contracting without proper employment conditions. The protest was also over another group of workers who have faced redeployment to jobs inappropriate for their skills and training.
Dec. 02, 2013 The KESK public services confederation ways it will organise a national day of strike action on 19 December unless the government responds to its demands in relation to the Budget for 2014. The confederation is highly critical of the government's policies on labour law and outsourcing of public services. It argues that public service workers face low pay and precarious working conditions made worse by the extensive sub-contracting of many services. The confederation is call for a TL 300 (€108) pay rise for civil servants, along with improvements to pensions and action to defend the position of women workers in the public sector.Read more at > KESK (TK)
Sep. 16, 2013 EPSU and PSI have both sent letters to the Minister of Works and Higher Board of Arbitration criticising the way that the authorities dealt with a dispute involving the Genel-Is trade union and two municipal companies. Following a deadlock in negotiations the union planned strike action but the two companies unilaterally signed a new agreement and the Higher Board of Arbitration deemed that this had become valid before the union's planned strike action and so denying Genel-Is its legal right to strike.Read more at > EPSUAnd at > PSI
Aug. 29, 2013 KESK Press ReleaseThe KESK public sector confederation is highly critical of recent negotiations on pay between the government and the Memur Sen public sector trade union. KESK explains that it and another trade union organisation (Kamu Sen) were effectively excluded from the negotiations. Although the largest public sector organisation Memur Sen is seen as very close to the government and its membership is not much larger than KESK and Kamu Sen combined. KESK also criticises Memur Sen for exaggerating the percentage increase that was negotiated with pay set to rise for some workers by 4.54% rather than the 6% claimed by Memur Sen. While inflation is expected to be around 6% next year it is currently running at 8.8%. KESK organised a series of demonstrations between 16 and 20 August against the agreement.