Turkey - Government bans glass sector strike - May 31, 2017
The government has banned trade union Kristal-İş from taking strike action against multinational glass manufacturer Şişecam. The strike action, which was due to commence on 24 May 2017, covers 5,700 workers at nine factories. The strike was banned on the grounds that it is ‘prejudicial to national security’. The union said that the strike was over wages as the company Şişecam has increased its profits by 164 per cent, but offered a derisory pay increase. The government issued a decree under Act 6356 on Trade Unions and Collective Labour Agreement banning the strike. The decree is followed by a 60-day ‘postponement period’ for negotiations, where the parties have to agree. In practice, this means that there is no chance to continue the strike after the 60-day period. The union stated that strikes are a vehicle it will not hesitate to use when it is necessary to defend decent wages and working conditions.
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