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Turkish Maden-Is Union Seeks Rights for Glass Workers

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13 July, 2005

Despite a complete and full victory by Kristal-Is at Sisecam Group glass plants in Turkey, ICEM affiliate Maden-Is—the General Mine Workers’ Union—is still in dispute with the glassmaker. Fifty-five miners at Sisecam’s Cam-Is Quartz Mining operations in Yalikey, Istanbul, were sacked one year ago for becoming members of Maden-Is, and 16 others have been on strike at the mine since last August. Sisecam has shown no willingness to recognize the rights of the miners to join the union.