Unions and community groups joined the picket line formed 304 days ago to campaign for the reinstatement of unfairly dismissed 305 workers, chanting, "On the picket line until we win!" and "Rights are not handed down; it is on the street that victory is won!"
The campaign has already scored a victory against a blanket strike ban brought by the current AKP government on the demand of Turkish Airlines management. Read more...
The complaint is against the government in relation to the conduct of Turkish Airlines that led to the dismissal of 305 workers in May 2012. The ITF and Hava-Is believe that the carrier’s conduct exposes several failures in Turkish law to protect the rights of workers and trade unions, for which the Turkish government is responsible, as a member of the ILO and a signatory of conventions 87 and 98.
The ITF and Hava-Is argue that Turkey’s new Law of Trade Unions and Collective Labour Agreements (LTUCLA) is inadequate. Given the seriousness of the carrier’s trade union rights violations, they urge the ILO’s Committee of Freedom of Association (CFA) to find Turkey to be in breach of its ILO convention obligations and to call on it to amend the LTUCLA so that the law fully conforms with freedom of association principles. Read more...
IUF general secretary Ron Oswald and international officer Burcu Ayan pledged the IUF's practical and unconditional support to the ITF campaign.
As you may be aware, the collective-bargaining negotiations between our union and Turkish Airlines management, which were supervised by an official mediator appointed by the Ministry of Labour, collapsed at the end of February.
At the moment, the official mediator is preparing her report regarding the talks, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Labour and both parties soon.
The main reason behind the failure in the talks is the employer's uncompromising attitude. Turkish Airlines management categorically refused to discuss all of our basic and indispensable demands regarding your employment conditions.
Management’s wage offer based on official inflation targets of the Central Bank was derisory, particularly in light of the company’s record profits last year as well as previous years. Read more...
During this meeting, it was made clear that if THY does not re-instate, the 305 terminated THY workers and reaches a settlement with Hava-Is, further actions will be taken by airline workers in Canada, including protests, leafleting and picketing.
A video showing this meeting can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cOw2-agY5s