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Turkey: Togo Footwear workers sacked for forming a union
|In partnership with IndustriALL Global Union, which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries across supply chains in mining, energy and manufacturing sectors at the global level. IndustriALL Global Union was founded in Copenhagen on June 19, 2012.|
In April, Deri-Is organized the majority of workers at Togo Footwear, located in Ankara, just 3 kms away from the Ministry of Labour. As soon as management heard about the union organizing activity, 35 union members were dismissed at the beginning of May. The dismissed workers are still outside the plant, and under massive and regular attacks, pressure and intimidation by security forces, which has now become a real tragedy. Since May, workers have been arrested three times. The Ministry has not issued authorization papers for the initiation of the collective bargaining process since the beginning of this year, using the excuse that there is no legal basis to do so, and the lack of authorization papers makes it impossible for workers to fully enjoy their trade union rights. The union is demanding the receipt of the authorization paper from the Ministry and the reinstatement of the unfairly dismissed workers.
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