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Turkey: Metal industry strike banned by the Government

26 January, 2018Is the right to strike still in place in Turkey? The answer is clearly NO. A strike of 130,000 workers at 179 workplaces across the metal sector in Turkey, including all major multinational companies, scheduled to begin on 2 February 2018, has been banned by the Government on the grounds of being “prejudicial to national security”.

Unity, resistance and determination bring great victory to Turkish metalworkers

30 January, 2018Despite their strike being banned by the government, Turkish metalworkers have won a wage increase of almost 25 per cent as part of a new collective agreement.

Turkish court sentences Soma bosses up to 22 years in prison over deadliest mine disaster

13 July, 2018After a four-year judicial process, a local penal court in Turkey has handed down prison sentences to the former management of the Soma mine following the killings of 301 people in the country’s worst ever mining disaster in May 2014. 

Rubber workers in Turkey picket for union recognition

25 March, 2019Workers at Kale Conveyor in Turkey stopped production on 6 March 2019 demanding better working conditions, union recognition and the reinstatement of two dismissed union activists.

IndustriALL and industriAll Europe condemn sentencing of Renault workers in Turkey

14 November, 2018In a declaration published today, Industriall Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union have strongly condemned the sentencing of 26 Renault workers and trade union officials from the car manufacturer’s Oyak plant in Bursa, Turkey.

Turkish glassworkers on strike over long-standing union busting

9 August, 2019Members of IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Kristal-Is are on strike since 26 July 2019 at Düzce Cam, one of the subsidiaries of Turkish-based glassmaker Okan Group in the town Düzce. Over a four-year struggle for union recognition, the glassmaker has used every union-busting tactics in violation of the national and international legislation, including dismissal of 80 union members and nominated union representatives.

International solidarity with Turkish unions during economic crisis

31 October, 2018IndustriALL Global and European trade unions conducted a joint visit to Ankara on October 25 2018, meeting Turkish affiliates to discuss the economic crisis and deliver a strong message of solidarity.

We will not give up on democracy in Turkey

9 May, 2019Turkey’s decision this week to cancel the Istanbul mayor elections after they were won by the opposition marks another alarming example of the demise in democracy that is happening throughout the world, writes IndustriALL Global Union general secretary, Valter Sanches.

Rebuilding union strength in Caspian region

17 October, 2018Unions representing workers in the oil and gas sector of the Caspian Sea region gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for a network meeting on 3 October 2018.

Deadlock sets Turkish metalworkers en route to strike

21 January, 2020Around 130,000 members from three Turkish metal unions, Türk Metal, Birleşik Metal-İş and Özçelik-İş, are determined to continue their struggle for a fair collective agreement after negotiations fail. Unions are planning a strike next month, if a solution is not found.