Turkey - Increase of occupational fatalities whilst protest is suppressed - May 31, 2018

 One hundred seventy-seven workers were documented to have died in occupational accidents in April 2018, according to a monthly study released by the Workers Health and Work Safety Assembly (İSİGM). On 6 January 2018, İSİGM had published an annual report saying that 2,006 workers died at work throughout 2017. That number marked an increase from 2016, when 1,970 workers died in work related fatalities. However, the possibilities to protest have been blocked; while strikes are allowed in theory, they have effectively been banned since the most recent coup. In the year following the 2016 coup attempt, the government banned five strikes, compared to stopping eight strikes in the preceding 14 years. Workers are turning towards occupying factories, slowdowns and other forms of direct action.

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