Turkey - Trade unionism under pressure - June 30, 2016

Trade union IndustriAll published an interesting profile of the Turkish trade unions. The profile clarifies that the legislator has enacted unreachable collective bargaining thresholds in the Law on Trade Unions and Collective Labour Agreements. A union that wants to sign a workplace level collective bargaining agreement must organise at least 1% of the entire workforce in that industrial sector. In the meantime, there are also workplace level thresholds of 50%, and for companies with more than one workplace it is 40%. According to the legislation, employers
can easily file a complaint at the local court claiming that the union concerned does not have sufficient majority to be a bargaining partner. It is common practice amongst employers to get rid of union presence at the workplace, or at least to stall the collective bargaining process.

English: http://www.industriall-union.org/profile-unions-in-turkey-holding-the-line … 

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