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Turkey: Women workers dismissed from SF Trade for union organizing

In partnership with Deriteks and IndustriALL which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

In 2019, workers at SF Trade, which supplies global brands with textile and leather goods, started an organising campaign. They wanted overtime pay, to work without excessive production pressure and to be respected. They chose Deriteks union to represent them. The management, which has a serious union-busting record, dismissed two women who led the organising campaign on 29 October 2019. Women started picketing in front of the factory. SF management dismissed two more women and continues to threaten workers with dismissals. The company sued for damages, accusing workers of undermining competitiveness. The management attacks workers’ right to organise and is hostile to every organising campaign. The company practised similar anti-union tactics in 2015 and the union reached a victory with international solidarity. You can support these courageous women in their struggle by sending a message to the SF Trade company management.

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