may day struggle in istanbul. workers marched at the may day to the taksim square to demonstrate. but they where blocked by the police forces, bringed together in istanbul from whole over turkey. also the army was available to act against the workers. the police forces stopped the march. at several places the demonstraters and the police forces have been clashed. more than 500 demonstraters where wounded and arested.
From the World Socialist Web Site:
By our Turkish correspondent
5 June 2008
Approximately 4,000 workers—members of the Union of Petroleum, Chemical and Rubber Industry Workers of Turkey (Lastik-Is)—went on strike late Saturday, May 31, at four tyre production facilities belonging to the multinational corporations Bridgestone, Pirelli and Goodyear.
The struck plants are located in Izmit and Adapazari in northwestern Turkey. Both cities are important industrial and working class centres, with a large oil refinery, and major paper, cement and car factories.
According to a news report posted on the web site of ICEM (International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions), which is affiliated to Lastik-Is, “Goodyear operates an auto, light truck, bus, and heavy equipment tyre plant in Adapazari, employing 800 rubber workers, and a truck, bus, and agriculture tyre plant in Izmit, where 500 workers are employed. Bridgestone Brisa Sabanci, jointly owned by Japanese-based Bridgestone and Sabanci Group of Turkey, manufactures auto, truck, and heavy equipment tyres in Izmit, employing 1,500, while Italian-based Pirelli has another auto and truck tyre plant in Izmit, in which 1,200 workers are employed.”
The main disagreements are over wage hikes, salaries for new hires, annual paid holidays, the use of temporary workers, and work hours.
Lastik-Is and representatives of the employers’ association had been negotiating a new industry-wide labour agreement since September 2007.
According to the restrictive legal framework, to be able to go on strike workers must follow specific steps and complete a very long procedure, which generally takes five or six months. Turkish labour law doesn’t allow solidarity strikes, general strikes, go-slows, etc., and contract bargaining must have started before any strike action is permitted.
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