Turkey -Construction workers present safety demands after fatal lift accident kills ten -September 10, 2014

Construction workers at a new tower complex in the Mecidiyeköy area of Istanbul held a successful protest action against unsafe working conditions after ten colleagues died when an elevator plunged from the 32nd floor on September 6.

Construction workers at a new tower complex in the Mecidiyeköy area of Istanbul held a successful protest action against unsafe working conditions after ten colleagues died when an elevator plunged from the 32nd floor on September 6. The workers put up road blocks and presented 14 demands regarding the improvement of their working conditions. Amidst public outrage, the construction company has made known that it will honour the demands. The workers now have the right to stop their labour whenever they think a malfunction poses a threat to their lives. The construction company will also monitor subcontractors for upholding safety standards, for the on-time payment of wages and social security contributions, as well as request that the costs of safety materials are not deducted from the workers’ wages.  The deal also improves the living conditions of the construction workers, guaranteeing them 24 hours of hot water, two computers, wardrobes and refrigerators for collective use.

English: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/construction-workers-at-istanbul-residence ...   

 

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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