Turkish tyre workers on strike

This is a video about May Day 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey. It says about itself:

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:

Turkish tyre workers strike Bridgestone, Goodyear and Pirelli

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.

Turkey: Tuzla shipyard workers’ struggle: here.

Turkey: Another political detainee tortured and killed in prison: here.

2 thoughts on “Turkish tyre workers on strike

  1. International Migrants Alliance (IMA)
    Statement for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Onder Dolutas
    29 July 2008

    We Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Onder Dolutas!
    Stop Criminalization of Migrants and Refugees!

    The International Migrants Alliance, a global alliance of more than a hundred organizations of migrants, immigrants and refugees from 25 countries worldwide, condemn the unjust arrest and continued detention of Mr. Onder Dolutas. Mr. Dolutas is one of the leaders of migrants and refugee groups from Turkey based in Europe – the Confederation of Workers from Turkey in Europe (ATIK). ATIK is one of the founding members of the IMA.

    The unjust arrest and detention of Mr. Dolutas is a manifestation of the way governments in Europe like Germany treats migrants and refugees as criminals. We view this as a form of harassment to silence the growing movement of migrants and refugees in Europe. This is also another form of attack on human rights defenders.

    Mr. Dolutas must be immediately released from prison.

    According to ATIK, Mr. Dolutas is a 30 year old British citizen of Turkish origin who was unjustly arrested and detained by German authorities last 23 May 2008 upon his arrival at Frankfurt Han airport in Germany. He went to Germany from London to visit friends and family. His arrest follows a request from the Turkish authorities for his extradition. He was arrested on trumped up charges in Turkey and his case is not even a concern or related to his stay in Germany. He has been kept in custody in the Koblenz region of Germany since his arrest.

    As a British citizen, Mr. Dolutas has all the legal rights to be protected and must be under the responsibility of the government of the United Kingdom.

    However, the UK government is silent on the case of Mr. Dolutas. Their silence shows that Mr. Dolutas, a British citizen was neglected and betrayed by its own government. Worse, the UK government tolerated and collaborated with the Turkish and German government in violating the human rights of Mr. Dolutas. These in-action and intra-government collaboration to suppress the right of Mr. Dolutas is condemnable.

    Lastly, we believe that Mr. Dolutas right to choose where he wants to stay must be respected and the UK government must not discriminate against Mr. Dolutas. Instead, the UK government must extend all legal protection and assistance to Mr. Dolutas, the same thing as what they are doing to other citizens abroad.

    Release Dolutas, NOW!
    No to Criminalization of Migrants and Refugees!
    Defend the Human Rights Defenders!

    Ramon Bultron
    Managing Director
    Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM)
    G/F, No. 2 Jordan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
    Tel. (852) 2723-7536 / (852) 9477-3141
    Fax. (852) 2735-4559
    E-mail: rbultron@gmail.com / rbultron@netvigator.com / apmm@hknet.com
    Website: http://www.apmigrants.org


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