A group of workers have been protesting the international company Cargill for their layoff on the grounds of their union membership. The workers have reached day 894 of their protest outside the Bursa factory.
After an explosion last week left one worker dead on the construction site of a tunnel in the northeastern Kop Mountains, workers have complained about unsafe and unhealthy conditions on the site, according to a report in the daily Birgün. The Construction and Building Workers Union (İYİ-SEN) organized a strike in protest of the workers on the tunnel being denied their rights.
Turkey's Foundations Directorate General has failed to implement COVID-19 measures despite 30 diagnoses in the building, daily Cumhuriyet reported. The headquarter for the institution is located in Ankara, where the pandemic has spread extensively.
An imam has lost his life after being forced to touch several bodies of COVID-19 victims without his hazmat suit on in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, Yeni Yaşam daily reported on Aug. 31. The imam's wife said that she thinks the mufti's office forced her husband to work with COVID-19 victims because he had entered a conflict with the office before.
An expert's report about a July fireworks factory blast that killed seven people noted gross neglect as one of the causes of the explosion. The report noted that three times the legal amount of explosives were stored on site.
The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK) has protested a factory run by the tuna fish company Dardanel in the province of Çanakkale after it imposed a closed-circuit working system on some of its employees after they contracted coronavirus. The workers have been forced to stay in quarantine dormitories since July 26.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) deemed the July 3 explosion at a fireworks accident a "workplace homicide," a term used to describe accidents caused by gross neglect. There had been six accidents in the same factory in the past 11 years, the TTB noted, and said that July 3's fatal blast was a long time coming.
Popular delivery service Getir is laying off motor couriers under the guise of safety measures, daily Birgün reported. Workers reportedly said that the layoffs were simultaneous with slower business compared to the boom they experienced during COVID-19 isolation.
The ruling AKP government is preparing to submit a bill to parliament which proposes to lift severance pay rights for workers younger than 25 and older than 50 years of age. The legislation, which comes as part of what the government calls an 'employment shield' package, would affect 3.5 million workers who belong to the age groups in question.
A Turkish youth forum launched an interactive online map that revealed the age group's biggest issues during the COVID-19 pandemic to be access to education and to work. The right to health and shelter were referred as the second largest issues.
Turkish Health Ministry denies responsibility to qualify COVID-19 as work disability for health workers
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that determining whether COVID-19 qualifies as a work disability for health workers was not within their jurisdiction. However, the ministry is legally bound to both consult on determining work disabilities and also has the authority to determine as a public institution.
A nationwide ban on layoffs will be extended for another three months after mid-July, news broadcaster NTV reported. A new "employment shield" financial aid package is predicted to include continued cash aid to workers on unpaid leave as well as incentives for employers to hire new employees.
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.
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”.