(17.10.2012) On 11th October Turkish union TUMTIS (Motor Vehicle Workers’ Union) organized a solidarity action together with the striking DHL workers as part of the International Week of Action declared by ITF to support the workers and union activists who have been imprisoned in Iran and Swaziland. The demonstration took place in front of one of the DHL warehouses in Esenyurt, Istanbul.
(15.10.2012) The seventh term of UID-DER activities was started by an opening event in UID-DER’s Sefaköy Branch (Istanbul) on 7 October. Among so many workers from various industries present in the event, there were DHL cargo workers who have been on unofficial strike and also Iranian socialist immigrant workers among us.
(05.10.2012) The first hearing of the case against 15 women trade-unionists of KESK (Confederation of Public Employees Unions) was held in Ankara on October 4. Out of 15 women trade-unionists 9 have been in prison for 8 months without being taken into the court. Now this was the first time they were before a judge. There were thousands of people in front of the court coming from around Turkey to show their support for the woman trade-unionists, most of them being members of KESK.
Stop the Imperialist War!
(15.09.2012) Workers, toilers, brothers/sisters!A bloody civil war is going on in Syria; tens of people are dying everyday, hundreds are being injured and thousands are migrating. Who is fighting in Syria? On the one side there is the Bashar al-Assad’s bloody dictatorship, on the other side there are various armed opposition groups.
Thank you comrades for your message of support, which will be read out to a mass meeting on Tuesday morning as the struggle continues,
(08.09.2012) As workers who are members of the Association of International Workers’ Solidarity in Turkey we salute your struggle. As your class brothers/sisters in Turkey we know well that construction workers work under hard conditions, that there are many difficulties for workers to get organized in this industry, that the system of sub-contracting is becoming widespread across the world your as well as in your and our country.
(22.08.2012) The Ministry of Labour and Social Security sent a statement to UİD-DER which carried out a campaign against the government plan aiming to transfer the severance entitlements of workers to a fund and eventually abolish the severance payment. In the statement, Ministry says that “our Ministry has not a finished plan on severance payment”.
(26.08.2012) The capitalist system which survives on the exploitation of workers is in crisis. Well-known global giant holdings and banks are going bankrupt, national budgets are going bust as in Greece. The economic crisis is accompanied by a political crisis. Now bosses and governments, as mouthpieces of them, cannot rule labourers as in the past since workers reject paying the bill of the crisis.
(13.08.2012) On the 67th anniversary of the dropping of A-bomb by the USA to Hiroshima (6 August) our Japanese class brothers/sisters held a big mass meeting to protest imperialist wars, nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants. Main slogans of the meeting were “Abolish all nuke now! No to restarts of nuclear power plants! Crash Noda Administration!”. We, as UID-DER, also sent a solidarity message to this meeting. Japanese Railway Workers Union Doro-Chiba sent the following answer to our solidarity message before the meeting.
(15.07.2012) From Europe to Asia, Latin America to the Middle East, all around the world, workers’ struggles are on the increase. Everywhere these struggles point out to working class’ anger growing against injustices and exploitation. Also in Turkey, reactions are continuing against low wages, restrictions on the freedom to organise, sackings, contracting-out, usurpation of gained rights and the bans on the right to strike. Workers who were sacked for trying to unionize against low wages and unbearable working conditions, are not going back their homes.
(11.08.2012) 305 THY (Turkish Airlines) workers who were sacked because they rose against banning of strike action in aviation industry by law keep their struggle on. As Hava-İş (Civil Aviation Workers’ Union) members they have not left the Atatürk Airport’s International Flights Terminal since they were fired. They demand they be reinstated and the strike ban recalled. As response to Hava-İş’s appeal they have been offered solidarity on a national and international level.
(03.08.2012) The play, Köle İbrahim Tuhaf Konuşuyor (Slave İbrahim Speaks Strangely), prepared by UİD-DER’s Worker Theater Group, brought worker and labor audiences together in European side of İstanbul on May 27th, in Sarıgazi on June 3rd, in Aydınlı on June 10th and in Gebze district of Kocaeli on July 1st. The play which took great interest of audiences appeared as a result of enormous work lasting for months.
(02.08.2012) Today is the 67. anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb to Hiroshima and our world is still in a process of imperialist war and humanity is faced with the danger of a nuclear disaster. Capitalists who massacred tens of millions of people around the world in the second imperialist world war and hundreds of thousands that day in Japan, now turns the Middle East into blood bath.
(11.07.2012) The struggle against strike ban in aviation industry keeps on. Sacked workers continue their struggle to go back to work in International Flights Terminal. And international support for the sacked workers and protest against the strike ban keeps growing. Many organisations and trade-unions carry on international solidarity campaign. UID-DER is one of them.
(07.07.2012) Actions of sacked 305 THY’s workers which are members of Hava-İş (Civil Aviation Workers Union), resisting to strike ban and defending their rights, continue. On 24th June, under leadership of some trade-unions which have an opponent position against the central bureaucracy of Türk-İş confederation, a solidarity activity was carried out to support aviation workers.
(26.06.2012) UID-DER’s solidarity campaign under the slogans “Stop Strike bans and repression of trade-union activity” is arousing interest on an international level. Through our association’s website many people on the national level keep sending protest messages to the government and the management of Turkish Airlines in solidarity with the aviation workers.
(17.06.2012) There is no doubt that a ban on abortion or any kind of new law bringing more restrictions on abortion than the current situation will hit first and foremost the working-class women. Because it is not a problem for the ruling class women to access healthy birth control methods and stop unwanted pregnancies in anywhere abroad.
(16.06.2012) On 16 June, the 42nd anniversary of the great workers’ revolt of 15-16 June 1970, trade-unions, political parties and democratic mass organisations protested the ban on strike action in aviation industry and sacking of aviation workers by Turkish Airlines (THY). The demonstration was held in Atatürk Airport.
(20.05.2012) Coordination Committee for the Formation of Workers Organisations, has announced UID-DER’s campaign in its website and expressed their appreciation for the campaign. Below we are publishing their message of appreciation which is a significant expression of international class solidarity.
(20.05.2012) The governing AKP (Justice and Development Party) aims to broaden already draconian anti-union laws of Turkey to make it impossible for aviation unions to organise legal strikes. Last week, an AKP deputy tabled a motion in the Turkish Parliament amending the collective labour agreements law in order to introduce a full-fledged ban on the right to strike in the aviation industry.
(05.05.2012) UID-DER, which launched a signature campaign to end repression of Iranian working class, met with socialist refugees and migrant workers from Iran in May Day demonstration. Iranian workers who were carrying banners that read “Workers of all Lands, Unite”, “Free Political Prisoners and Arrested Workers’ Leaders” were also carrying placards.
(02.05.2012) Hundreds of thousands of workers joined May Day demonstrations in various cities and towns across Turkey. The central demonstration was the one in Istanbul which was the biggest one. Around 200,000 toilers joined the demo and the Taksim Square was packed. Many contingents were unable to enter the Square for many hours.
(30.04.2012) Our dear class brothers and sisters in Turkey,
Our fellow labour activists in UID-DER,
For a second year most Iranian workers have been unable to hold any public meetings or demonstrations celebrating May Day, International Workers' Day. Even the pro-regime Labour House was not given a permit to hold any May Day event!
(26.04.2012) We consider May Day an occasion for us to show our anger, and determination to fight, against the capitalist world order which is the source of all major social illnesses. It is also an occasion for us to enthusiastically chant the aspiration of the working class for a new world without classes, exploitation, wars and oppression, which is indicated by the course of history.