TürkTraktör responds to accusations alleging the dismissal of Turkish workers demanding their own union

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Turk Traktor to respond to a complaint to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development alleging the dismissal of workers who organized mass strikes to demand the establishment of their own union. The response and related items are linked below.

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5 October 2015

Dismissed Turkish metal workers file complaint to EBRD

Author: Birleşik Metal

"Dismissed Turkish Metal workers file complaint to EBRD", 2 September 2015

Today, Birleşik Metal, an independent trade union in the Turkish metal sector, filed a complaint to the grievance mechanism of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), regarding the operations of its client, Türk Traktör. In May 2015, 30,000 workers in the Turkish metal sector, including employees of Türk Traktör, organized mass strikes to demand their right to establish their own unions. Although the management of Türk Traktör repeatedly promised that no one would be dismissed because of these actions, 20 workers were fired. The complaint, filed to the EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM), claims that Türk Traktör’s actions, including these dismissals, are inconsistent with the EBRD’s labour policy that commits to respect and protect workers’ fundamental rights, including freedom of association and right to collective bargaining...

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Company response
5 October 2015

Türk Traktör response

Author: TurkTraktor

"...Recently, our company has faced certain groundless allegations. It is our unyielding principle that all processes and procedures of Türk Traktör must be strictly compliant with all legislation applicable within the Republic of Turkey and international human rights principles. Türk Metal İş union has authority to conclude collective bargaining in our workplaces and trade union rights of our employees are secured and respected. Collective bargaining agreements which are in place in all our premises have been signed in 2014 and are valid for three years beginning on September 1st, 2014. As per applicable laws of the Republic of Turkey, possibility and right to go on strike is granted to those labor unions who have authority to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement, during collective bargaining process. The demonstrations which took place in Turkey during the past few months, caused adverse effects for all parties in the metal sector, operating in Turkey..."

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