Turkey - Strike at İzmir’s main suburban rail company - November 30, 2016
More than 300 workers from İZBAN, a commuter rail system connecting the western province of İzmir’s suburban area to the metropolitan area, went on strike on 8 November 2016 due to disputes in collective bargaining negotiations with their employers. İZBAN, owned jointly by the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, is the country’s largest commuter railway. İZBAN workers from the Demiryol-İş Union decided to walk out, as they could not reach a collective agreement. Representatives from the trade union said workers at İzmir Metro A.Ş., another leading rail line in İzmir, are paid 33% more than them. Company representatives claimed the union had refused all their offers, which included a wage rise.
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