Turkey: Unions express concern over factory closures & mass dismissals
"Concern about employment in the textile sector", 18 August 2023
Stating that 35 percent of the textile sector was employed in the provinces affected by the February 6 earthquakes based in Kahramanmaraş and that it suffered great damage, Ay said, "May Allah not cause such a disaster again, but even in this disaster, we saw that it was very important to be a unionist. If there is a union in a workplace, it becomes easier to coordinate and you can quickly catch up with the difficult time of the member."
DEMAND FOR PERMANENT HOUSING
...Moon said, "The way to heal these wounds a little more is permanent housing. We want their permanent housing to be accelerated."
Pointing out that there is a troubled process with the textile sector, Ay said, "Other labor unions, other labor organizations, employers' organizations, state authorities should also come together. The way to solve this problem is to come together and talk about the problems of the sector."
153 THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE LAID OFF
SSI records stated that 564 workplaces in the textile sector were closed during the year; Sharing the information that 153 thousand people were dismissed, Moon continued as follows:
"...textile is the sector that provides the highest employment. This is not only the textile but also the subsidiaries. According to our researches, the sector provides employment close to 4 million. There are 16 million SSI members in this country. Almost a quarter of the 16 million is provided by textiles and textile-related businesses. Therefore, textile is an indispensable sector. We contribute to the economy of this country with twenty billion dollars of exports. We produce. We create added value. We take cotton from the field. And by making it a final and quality product, it brings it to market in our industry. It is the textile workers who do this...In this sense, we are worried that textile workers may lose their jobs."
[Translation via Google Translate]