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Turkey: Cargill trade unionists mark 500th day of dismissal with demonstration at company’s headquarters
Author: Bianet, Published on: 30 August 2019
"Cargill Workers' Resistance on 500th Day: 'When We Win, the Working Class will Win"", 30 August 2019
The resistance of Cargill workers who were dismissed for being members of a union continues...
...[the] 14 workers...began a sit-in in front of the company's headquarters in...İstanbul, on August 20. The workers, who have been waiting there for 24 hours, sleep in sleeping bags, on the mats they laid on the ground.
Tekgıda-İş Union Organization Officer Suat Karlıkaya [said]..."The workers would either go and work in another factory, and when they sought their rights there they would be dismissed again, or they would resist here and fight where they were wronged. We decided on a joint fight...We have only one demand, to start work."
"The expert witness, who submitted an opinion to the court, wrote a report that the workers had been dismissed due to trade union activities, not because of the 'quotas' as the employer claimed. And the court followed that report, ruling that we are right. "The court ruled for the workers' return to work and for union compensation. Workers earned compensation starting from 4 net 12 brutes. But our request is to be reinstated...The employer has appealed the decision. We will continue our struggle..."...