Labor union urges Turkish Justice Ministry to start immediate COVID-19 testing for all legal workers
A Turkish labor union recently sent a complaint to the Justice Ministry about the courts in the province of Samsun, where legal workers haven't been tested for COVID-19. Noting that many courtrooms fail to buy soap, the union urged immediate widespread testing and better precautions for legal workers.
Turkey's transportation workers marching to the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) headquarters in the capital Ankara to criticize the "unlawful layoffs" in the institution arrived on June 4. Condemning the layoffs of dozens of TCDD workers and dozens more have been assigned to remote locations in an unprecedented practice. After a confrontation with police, the workers held a press conference and met with the TCDD general manager.
The initiative of an industrialists' union in Turkey to hang electronic tracking devices from the necks of workers received harsh criticism from labor unions. The Platform of Istanbul Labor Union called the measure “downright slavery”.
Filiz Gazi reports: Turkey’s labor union representatives agree that Ankara dropped the ball on protecting worker’s rights during the COVID-19 outbreak. On a grim May 1, International Workers’ Day, union representatives realize they need a new way of resistance in the post-coronavirus world.
Istanbul’s May Day under COVID-19 measures ends up with detentions, police confrontation, a destroyed wreath
Istanbul police detained the chair and 25 members of one of Turkey's largest labor unions on the morning of May 1, International Workers' Day also known as May Day. The confrontation took place as police blocked the march of Chair Arzu Çerkezoğlu and a group of representatives to Istanbul's Taksim Square, the site of the 1977 Workers' Day massacre and the traditional address for May 1 demonstrations. The group were released in the afternoon of May 1 after giving official statements.
According to a recent report by a union of public employees, inflation levels for basic consumer goods in Turkey has reached 29.1 percent compared to last year. Fruit prices have surged by 80.6 percent, while the prices of dairy products and eggs have climbed by 27.6 percent since April 2019.
It’s impossible for the Turkish Post (PTT) to deliver surgical masks to 25 million households with its 14,000 delivery workers, a member of Turkey's Media, Communication andPostal Employees Union (Haber Sen) said. She added that the outbreak dramatically increased the workload of understaffed PTT in a video call with Istanbul Provincial Chair for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Labor union leaders in Turkey noted the importance of paid time off for older workers and parents as schools are suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak. The leaders also pressed that wages and retiree pensions do not provide sufficient resources for workers and retirees to maintain the kinds of healthy diets and sanitary homes that can act as precautions against the coronavirus.