Turkey - Nestle workers strike - June 30, 2016

Over 900 workers went on strike at a Nestle factory in the north-western province of Bursa on 21 June after the company and the trade union, Tek Gıda-İş, could not reach a collective agreement over disputes in wage raises. The company claimed that the proposed increase in pay and benefits was, on average, double the inflation rate. The workers came together in front of the Karacabey factory, where Nestle’s chocolate, coffee and water production is carried out. Tek Gıda-İş Union President said the nearly 900 workers at the factory are union members and had gone on strike. He said the collective bargaining meetings started at the beginning of the year and had continued up to now. Production has now halted in the factory. In line with legal responsibilities, a certain number of workers are inside the factory for maintenance, but all other employees are outside striking. The workers are demanding a 600-Turkish Lira raise in wages on an equal basis but the employer came with a lower offer and the parties could not reach a common point.

English: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nearly-900-nestle-workers-go-on-strike … 

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