More than 150 workers of Turkey's leading supermarket chain Migros were detained on Feb. 8 during their ongoing strike against poor working conditions and low wages.
On Feb. 3, a group of workers at the Migros warehouse in Istanbul's Esenyurt district launched a protest after they were offered a mere 8 percent pay rise by the company. The workers have been since going on with their strike at the warehouse.
Warehouse, Port, Shipyard and Marine Workers (DGD-SEN) Union shared the moments when the workers were detained on Twitter. As police buses came to the warehouse, the workers chanted "We will win by resisting."
DGD-SEN announced on Twitter that DGD-SEN Head Neslihan Acar was also detained.
Sendikamız Genel Başkanı, iki sendika yöneticimiz ve 150’yi aşkın işçi kardeşimiz Esenyurt Migros Depo’da gözaltına alındılar. Kıraç Karakolu’na götürülüyorlar.— DGD-SEN (@DGDSEN) February 8, 2022
Sabah vardiyasında tekrar depo önünde olacağız. Hesap soracağız!#HaklarıVerMigrosDepo
The detained workers were later released on Feb. 8 evening.
Bu akşam Esenyurt Migros depoya kardeşlerimizi gözaltına almak için yüzlerce polisin sokulduğu anların görüntülerini kamuoyuyla paylaşıyoruz… Ve tabi neşemizi ve direncimizi de!— DGD-SEN (@DGDSEN) February 8, 2022
Tuncay Özilhan korkmaya devam etsin, yine geleceğiz!#HaklarıVerMigrosDepo pic.twitter.com/2c7zUTgYjn
Meanwhile, Migros sent SMS messages to more than 120 workers, terminating their labor contracts over accusations of "violating the labor law."
Turkey on Feb. 3 reported an annual inflation rate of 48.69 percent in January, the highest in two decades, whereas the independent inflation group ENAG put the figure at 114.87 percent.
Inflation has been particularly acutely felt in housing prices, food, and utilities.