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Turkey

PSI affiliates in Turkey intensify campaigns against precarious work

10 February 2013
May Day, Istanbul, 2010

Building the capacity of public service unions in Turkey to confront the negative effects of precarious work, especially on women and young workers, was facilitated through project cooperation. The project "Public sector restructuring and decent work" took place between 2010 and 2012.

Turkey: workers protest over illegal procurement practices

30 January 2013
Large demonstration in Turkey

The Turkish Union of Road, Construction and Building Workers (YOL-İŞ), a PSI affiliate, organised an action on 28 January in protest at the non-execution of the decision taken by the Supreme Court of Appeal which proved that “service procurement agreements between the General Directorate of Highways and sub-contracting companies are fictitious”.

Global unions urge Turkish president to veto new trade union law

30 October 2012

A new Turkish law that violates fundamental workers’ rights has passed the Turkish Parliament and is now awaiting the president's approval. In a letter from October 25, global trade unions urge the Turkish president Abdullah Gül to veto the new trade union law.

Turkey: Bill on Collective Labour Relations Act far from meeting EU and international standards

18 October 2012

Despite major concerns expressed on various occasions, the bill on Collective Labour Relations’ Act currently debated at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey is very far from meeting EU and International standards.

Turkey: Repression of trade unionists continues

08 October 2012

Nine women trade union activists in court in Ankara; three returned to prison, six released pending trial. Özkan Yorgun is protesting outside the courtroom in Ankara where his wife's hearing is taking place.

Support jailed Turkish unionists

Seven months after their arrest, 15 female Turkish unionists are still in jail, accused of belonging to a terrorist organisation. On October 4 a hearing began in Ankara, and pickets and demonstrations took place at many Turkish embassies and consulates.

Local and Regional Government/Municipal sector

28 August 2012

Local and regional governments (LRG)/municipal sector workers run essential services in cities, metropolitan areas and territories servicing millions of people and communities every day. Our members work in public administrations; public utilities such as water and sanitation, electricity, and solid waste. They operate public transport and maintain public spaces; work in social, culture and education services such as libraries, museums, kindergartens, schools and universities. They are health and social services workers. Firefighters, emergency, medical first responders and municipal police are also among LRG/municipal workers. PSI defends and promotes the union and labour rights of LRG/municipal workers and advocates their decent working and living conditions so that they can sustainably deliver accessible, quality public services to the local communities and territories they serve and successfully confront the many challenges posed by rapid urbanization and globalization. Join the discussion on PSI's LRG/Municipal Workers Facebook Group.

Turkish authorities target trade unions

17 July 2012
Turkish trade union demonstrators holding a flag

Early on the morning of 25 June, trade union activists were targeted in a police operation which swept through 18 Turkish cities. All those who were questioned, arrested or had their houses searched are members of unions affiliated to the Confederation of Public Sector Unions (KESK), one of the country’s main trade union confederations. Those arrested included general secretaries and presidents of affiliated unions, as well as lay officials.

PSI sends protest letter to the Turkish Prime Minister

22 June 2012
Turkish flag

15 trade unionists in Turkey were arrested in February. Nine of them are still in prison. Now PSI sends protest letter to the Turkish Prime Minister.