Turkey - Escalating dispute with airport workers - September 30, 2018

Hundreds of protesting airport workers have been detained by the police as thousands of airport construction workers in Istanbul were protesting against poor working and living conditions on the building site. At least 38 workers are said to have died lately in preventable work-related accidents and many more have been badly injured. The protest for safe working conditions and an end to alleged arbitrary dismissals and late pay was broken up by police and gendarmes deploying in riot control vehicles whilst firing tear gas. Unions have long complained about harsh and unsafe working conditions at the airport, but under the state of emergency that was imposed in 2016 and recently lifted in July rights to strike or protest were curtailed.

Read on: in English (1) …   in English (2) …   Solidarity actions: in English …   Union statement: in English…

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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