Turkey - ITF intervenes over union busting at transport company - August 31, 2016

The All Transport Workers’ Union of Turkey Tümtis reported union busting practices at the Gaziantep municipality’s urban transport company, Gazi-Ulaş Transportation. Tümtis has been organising bus drivers at the company since 2002. A month ago, the company started to force Tümtis members to resign from the union and join another one – Oz Taşıma-Iş. The company also transferred 160 workers from Gazi-Bel – the municipality’s other company – to Gazi-Ulaş and forced them to become members of Oz Taşıma-Iş, in an attempt to dissolve the Tümtis membership. Global union ITF reminded the mayor of Gaziantep in a letter that the right to organise workers free from interference is a fundamental ILO right, guaranteed in the constitutional law article 51. The practices are taking place despite a collective bargaining agreement with Tümtis, which specifies that the company cannot force workers to resign or join another union.

English: http://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/news/2016/july/itf-intervenes … 

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