Solidarity with Turkey

Trade union rights and civil liberties have significantly deteriorated in Turkey since the attempted coup of 15 and 16 July 2016. Under the state of emergency, the Turkish government has arrested and detained thousands of workers and trade unionists. By 8 February 2017, more than 100.000 public employees have been summarily suspended or dismissed, accused in most cases without any basis of proof or evidence of having been involved in the attempted military coup. This situation continues until today.

Turkish health workers attacked and arrested for protesting dismissals

25 February 2015
Dr Arzu Çerkezoğlu, DISK Secretary General and Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary

Police brutally attacked a group of dismissed health workers at the Maltepe university hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday 25 February after they tried to enter the hospital's offices.

Turkey: PSI General Secretary meets dismissed health care workers, denounces attack on labour rights

13 January 2015

In December 2014, the hospital of Maltepe University in Istanbul dismissed nearly 100 workers for being members of the Progressive Union of Health Workers. PSI/EPSU ask all affiliates to join the LabourStart campaign calling for the reinstatement of these workers.

Mass Rally in Turkey: “We will not be slaves of subcontractors!”

25 February 2014
Rally Turkey

Stop slavery; No to subcontracting, disorganizing and deregulating!

This was the main slogan of the rally held on 15th February 2014 in Ankara with the participation of over 50 thousand workers members of unions affiliated to the Confederation of Trade Unions of Turkey (TÜRK-İŞ). Members of the Turkish Union of Road Construction and Building Workers (YOL-İŞ) which led the action gave colour to the Sıhhiye Square of Ankara. Over 20 thousand YOL-İŞ members from 81 different cities in the area wore their orange hats and aprons.

Turkey: Stop the judicial harassment of trade unionists

23 January 2014
KESK rally outside Ankara criminal court - April 2012

PSI joins EPSU and ITUC in denouncing the Turkish government’s anti-union attacks as well as the abuse of the Turkish legal and judicial system by the authorities against the trade union movement.

PSI calls on its affiliates to take action now and tell the government of Turkey to stop judicial harassment against trade unionists.


Send your protest message, sign the ITUC online action or download the model letter

Seminar on gender equality in Baku in Azerbaijan

19 November 2013
Participants to the seminar on gender quality in Baku in Azerbaijan

On 7th November 2013, Abvakabo FNV Women took part in a two-day seminar on gender equality in Baku in Azerbaijan with representatives of Azeri and Turkish unions. The seminar was organised with the support of Marina Irimie, PSI and EPSU sub-regional secretary for South East Europe. The seminar tackled issues of public sector services, government, healthcare and education and went on to discuss the terms and conditions in which women work.

Nine KESK members released in Turkey, pending trial

23 September 2013

Nine members of PSI affiliate KESK have been released from prison. They form part of a large group of KESK members who were arrested in February 2013.

Turkey: deadlock in collective negotiations

30 August 2013

PSI has written a letter in support of its affiliate, Genel-Is, in the recent dispute with two of Izmir’s Metropolitan Municipal companies, Izelman and Izenerji. After a deadlock in collective negotiations, and failure to reach an agreement during the subsequent mediation process, Genel-Is took the decision to call a strike for the 26 July, 2013.