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. #Turkey

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.

Turkey: KESK trade unionists released from prison

05 August 2013

Eight 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.

Global Unions Call for Immediate End to Repression in Turkey

20 June 2013

Global Unions, collectively representing over 200 million union members, including in Turkey, stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey. Our organisations wish to reiterate their serious concern at the repeated use of brutal and excessive measures including rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon by government security forces against people peacefully exercising their rights.

Turkish unions launch general strike as government repression intensifies

17 June 2013
Kani Beko, President, DISK, Turkey, speaking in front of the United Nations building before the departure of the Route of Shame

PSI pledges its full support to the general strike called by five major trade union centres and professional organisations on 17 June 2013. PSI joins the ITUC and other global unions in calling on the Turkish government to immediately end police brutality, to respect these protests and trade union actions, and to enter into dialogue to address the legitimate concerns expressed.

PSI statement on Turkey at the International Labour Conference

12 June 2013
Inside the Committee for Application of Standards ILO

On 11 June 2013, PSI made a statement on Turkey during the meeting of the Committee on the Application of Standards at the International Labour Conference. Rosa Pavanelli, PSI general secretary, gave the following short presentation.

EPSU/PSI demands respect for the right to expression, right to demonstrate and the right to strike action in Turkey

05 June 2013
Taksim square, Istanbul

EPSU/PSI has expressed its concerns to the Turkish government over the reports of police violence and arrests of opponents of the government. People have the right to express their concerns and engage in protests and industrial action against government policy they disagree with. ITUC and others have launched a campaign to protest against the police brutality.

Turkey: trade Union expert İsmet Aslan released from prison

22 May 2013
Ismet Aslan

In Istanbul, trade union expert İsmet Aslan and 14 other suspects were released on 30 April after 16 months in pre-trial custody. This follows the release of 22 KESK members from prison in Ankara on 10 April, after facing baseless terrorism charges and spending 10 months in prison. Those released included members of Public Services International affiliates representing workers in the public sector as well as members of the teachers’ union Eğitim-Sen.