Turkey -Textile workers reach agreement -September 02, 2013

Four trade unions were leading 12,000 textile workers from more than thirty producers in a sector wide strike. The strike started on 15 August, four months after the last collective agreement expired and fruitless negotiations began. Textile is a low wage sector, many workers are reported to live in poverty, 55% earn no more than the legal minimum wage of 978.60 Liras (€380) and the average pay of the unionised workers is 1,165 Liras (€450). The trade unions reached an agreement on 23 August, putting an end to the strike. The main point of conflict were the temporary wage cuts, which trade unions accepted in the previous agreement in order to help the company survive in crisis times. Trade unions demanded bonuses and an end to the crisis wages, whereas management wanted to keep the lower wages. The agreement will see bonuses return to previous levels of a 120-day salary instead of the current 72. The three-year agreement includes a 5% rise on salaries in the first six months, 3% in the second, 3% in the third, 4% in the fourth, 3% in the fifth, and 4% in the sixth. If inflation surpasses these rates, additional payments will be made. Workers who work overtime on weekdays, general holidays, national holidays and regional holidays will receive double pay.

English: http://www.just-style.com/news/turkey-strike-ends-as-apparel-workers-reach-deal ...

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/textile-workers-strike-ends-with-deal ...  

http://www.industriall-union.org/12000-turkish-textile-workers-on-strike

http://www.industriall-union.org/12000-turkish-textile-workers-win-0

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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