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.
Turkish police fired plastic bullets and teargas on a crowd at a union protest for the layoffs of three health workers in the southeastern province of Batman, who were sacked for being union members. Police also detained eight persons, six of whom were union officials.
Over 1,000 students in southeastern Turkey to travel across districts to take higher education exams
Education representatives slammed the lack of a testing center in the southeastern district of Nusaybin. The lack of a testing center will condemn more than one thousand students and their families to travel at least an hour on the morning of the exams at the end of June.
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.
Some 1,000 health workers in Istanbul have been infected with COVID-19, a local union revealed. Some 28 workers across different industries in Istanbul have died from the virus, and over 2,000 are infected.
Filiz Gazi reports: Due to the coronavirus epidemic, large numbers of women in Turkey working as housecleaners, caretakers and baby-sitters have lost their jobs, the majority of them having worked uninsured. Since they are legally not considered workers, there is no legal mechanism they can use to defend themselves.