(28.07.2013) Workers’ life is hard and painful. The struggle to survive, to earn their own life and to look after their families makes life for workers unbearable. Pain, anxiety and exhaustion become an inseparable part of workers’ life. Could the life of workers who try to afford their needs with a minimum wage and the life of well-off rich people be equal?
(25.05.2013) Türk Metal (Union of Turkish Metal Workers), affiliated to Türk-İş (the Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions), took the decision to go on strike as the collective bargaining rounds ended up in disagreement between trade unions organized in metal industry and MESS (The Association of Turkish Metalware Industrialists). Türk Metal announced the strike would start in 60 days.
(20.05.2013) THY management and the government put pressure on workers for them not to join the strike. Atatürk Airport is under police siege. THY management keep sending text messages to workers in order to demoralise and frustrate them. And unions and democratic mass organisations are taking side with the workers and Hava-İş. UID-DER published a statement in solidarity with THY workers and Hava-İş. Below is the solidarity message of UID-DER.
(17.05.2013) Our dear Bangladeshi class brothers/sisters
As Women’s Committee of the Association of International Workers’ Solidarity (UİD-DER), we are deeply saddened by the loss of our class brothers and sisters as a result of the collapse of Rana Plaza building on April 24. We share your great outrage against capitalist system of exploitation, and extend our feelings of solidarity.
(11.05.2013) Our dear class brothers/sisters,
More than a thousand workers lost their lives as a result of the collapse of Rana Plaza on 24 April and hundreds of them were injured. We share your deep grief as your class brothers/sisters and extend our feelings of solidarity. It is the capitalist system of profit to blame for this disaster in Dhaka, which can be called a massacre.
(08.05.2013) Dear all friends of UID-DER, Japanese far right Abe administration, on the one hand, is eager to abolish the current Japanese Constitution together with its “peace clause” to change Japan into a nuclear-armed war state. On the other, Abe is intent to export packaged deal of nuclear power plant systems, railway systems and water supply and sewerage systems as one of desperate measures to get out of the current global economic crisis.
(05.05.2013) May Day was celebrated in many cities and towns of Turkey. Despite the intimidation of the government in the run up to May Day, workers in Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Mersin, Zonguldak, Gebze, Diyarbakır, Tekirdağ, Antep, Manisa, Muğla, Rize, Kars, Karabük, Hakkari, Bingöl, Bitlis and many others, there were hundreds of thousands of workers in total taking part in the demonstrations. In all demonstrations workers, together with their families, protested against the attacks of capital and the government, and put forward their demands.
(30.04.2013) We celebrate your May Day which is a day of unity, struggle and solidarity for the working class. The working class can only resist the attacks of the bourgeoisie through an organised and determined stance. As UID-DER we also believe that this organised struggle has to be waged on an international level and we act in this understanding.
(30.04.2013) Once again we are celebrating May Day aware of a year of struggles that has included both victories and defeats. Every day the capitalists are bringing about the ever closer integration of the working class on a world scale and also the technology to share the experiences and struggles of workers in far away lands. We can now also become aware of the pain and tragedy of workers in countries like Bangladesh within minutes.
(24.04.2013) We salute you with our warmest feelings of solidarity. We wish you victory in your determined strike you have been carrying on for months and we also greet your May Day. Our Association (Association of International Workers’ Solidarity) composed of fighting workers from diverse industries advocates that attacks of the bourgeoisie on a global level can only be pushed back through accomplishing international unity of the working class.
(15.04.2013) 1600 workers in Mersin Port, which is at the Mediterranean region of Turkey, are under persistent attacks of MIP (Mersin International Port), the company managing the port, for some time. MIP tries to divide workers, stop union activity and force the unionised workers to quit the union and sack them. On March 1, 22 workers who are organised in Liman-İş (National Port and Land Stevedores Union of Turkey) were laid off by MIP. This was followed by another 8 being sacked, and then another 4.
(06.04.2013) More than 50 thousand people lost their lives during the unjust war waged by Turkish state against Kurdish people. The victims were all children of poor Turkish and Kurdish people. For decades women has been shedding tears and wailing for the loss of their husbands and children. Those women whose husbands and children are in the areas of armed conflict are always in fear of getting any bad news while they are waiting for their return.
(27.03.2013) On 10 March in Ankara branch and on 24 March in all the other branches of UID-DER there were lively celebrations of International Working Women’s Day. Hundreds of working women attended the events organised by UID-DER Women’s Committee under the main slogan of “8 March: Working women, get organized and join the struggle!”
(16.03.2013) Does the crisis of capitalist system flow from lack of products? Of course not! The true reason for the recurring economic crises in capitalism is overproduction. Under capitalism production is not a planned one to satisfy human needs. Every boss makes workers produce more just to sell more and make more profit.
(10.03.2013) As your class brothers and sisters in Turkey we fully support your courageous and determined struggle against nuclear power plants you have been carrying on since the disaster in Fukushima. While we are carrying your voice to workers in Turkey as UID-DER, we are also fighting against nuclear power plants here in Turkey.
(25.02.2013) The law of trade unions and the law of collective bargaining, strike and lock-out were combined into a single law on 7 November 2012. This law maintains the barriers and restrictions on trade unions. One of the most important barriers is the thresholds for utilising the right to collective bargaining.
(16.02.2013) On 7th January, 8 miners were killed at a mine accident in Kozlu, Zonguldak. Their families were thrown into a deep sorrow and grief. The same grief haunts many working class families. Workplaces are operating like slaughterhouses. According to the reports of Labour Ministry 4 workers a day lose their lives at workplace accidents. That means that nearly 1500 workers a year come to be the victims of the greed of bosses.
(19.01.2013) On 13 January the families of workers who have lost their lives in workplace accidents marched in Taksim, Istanbul, in honour of the victims of the accident in a mine in Kozlu (Zonguldak). The accident took place on 7 January and 8 miners lost their lives. The march was also joined by various working class organisations including UID-DER.
(13.01.2013) On 5 January around 450 workers of Şişecam occupied the factory they have been working for many years. The factory is one of the plants owned by Şişecam Group which is mainly active in producing glass and chemicals. The Group factories produce float glass, glass household articles, glass packaging and glass fiber as well as soda and chromium compounds.
(11.01.2013) Workers and toilers are expecting in hope a betterment of their lives as the turn of the year approaches. Although the struggle to earn a living makes workers’ lives ruined since they cannot afford even their basic needs, are afraid of losing their jobs and of not being able to pay the bills and house rents, are tired of the hardships of living conditions, they hope to get over their grievances.
(17.12.2012) In their training programmes carried out in the framework of the Hard and Dangerous Works Code metal workers are told: “To mould metal is the greatest skill of human beings. The more a country is able to tame and mould metal the more powerful it is.” So Turkey is a powerful country as metal workers keep all the time working hard to mould metal with a great skill and swelling the profits of bosses.
(15.11.2012) All workers are afraid of being unemployed, of not being able to pay the rent and the bills, of not being able to feed their children. To fear is human, but human beings learned how to overcome their fears. Human beings beat their fear and eliminate the threat which causes the fear when they get united and gather their forces together. So we the workers must come together as well. Workers are strong when they get united and beat their fears. Bosses cannot easily dismiss workers united!
(14.10.2012) Prices keep going up making the life of toilers unbearable and aggravating poverty. The AKP government announced the new price hikes particularly in spring and autumn to avoid the reaction of the toiling masses. In April natural gas price was increased 19 percent in one go. In the beginning of October, once again, it was increased 10 percent, a second hike in less than four months.
(01.11.2012) Workplace accidents have been increasing day by day. Every day we are hearing news about occupational accidents from factories, shipyards, mines and construction sites. Every month more than 100 workers on the average lose their lives at workplace, and many more workers are injured and permanently disabled.