(15.10.2010) Since the beginning of capitalist class’ rule over the world, production has become more and more international with time. Always having the aim of expanding their markets and the desire for new profits, capitalists never refrained from settling even in most remote parts of the world.
(22.10.2010) International solidarity with UPS workers, who have been dismissed because of unionizing, expands as they keep fighting to be reinstated in front of their workplace. On the 158th day of their struggle, a good example for international workers solidarity was exhibited in the picket line outside the UPS offices in Mahmutbey, Istanbul.
(10.04.2010) We, the Akkardan workers, have been giving a fight to protect our jobs and honour for about 2 months. We have fought and are still maintaining this fight with our class consciousness, against all the efforts made by the boss to divide us and break up our resistance. However, the experiences we have had during this process, have taught us once more the struggle should not be limited to the fight against the boss.
(08.04.2010) We, the workers of Akkardan Company, were laid off from our jobs on January 26, 2010. However, we did not end up going home and instead we started to fight back in front of the factory for our children’s future. We would like to inform you briefly about the development of our resistance.
(16.03.2010) More than 500 workers of Germany rooted Mahle Mopisan’s factory in İzmir Gaziemir Free Trade Zone, are sacked because of unionization with United Metal Workers Union. The boss of Mahle Mopisan exerted pressure to supress the workers.
I work in a private hospital as a cleaning worker. I’m on the night shift permanently. I work around 14 hours a day and wonder sometimes how I could keep standing after so much working. It must be the affect of the unemployment whip, while we are forced to work restless and exhausted from the best hours of the evening to morning.
(31.03.2010) I’m an 18 years old worker in the shoemaking sector. The factory I work at has around 300 workers and I could say that almost the half of them are children. I also started to work at the age of 14.
(31.03.2010) We are non-unionized workers from Sincan who are coping with the rats of the boss and campaigning to unionize the workplace with the support of UID-DER. Our struggle still continues despite the suppression of the boss and we are determined to fight to the end.
(01.01.1970) Now they are in a resistance (a wildcat strike) and fighting for their jobs. Every day they gather in front of the factory with their families. Those workers who are still working in the factory support their fired friends and their struggle. At lunch time they bring their meals to their struggling friends. Akkardan workers need and look forward to your support and solidarity.
(19.02.2010) It’s been over two months and Tekel workers keep fighting for their jobs against all odds. They started on December 15 by gathering in Ankara arriving from all over the country. They managed to make their voice heard by militant protests in Ankara. In response to their protests government used brutal police force.
(23.12.2009) Our Association of International Workers Solidarity, UİD-DER, has been founded in June 2006 by Workers Self-Education Groups (WSEG) which have been active in different industries such as metal, textile, petrochemistry. Revolutionary vanguard workers who make up WSEG had been conducting work in union rank-and-file, factories, strike places for many years. UİD-DER is the fruit of this continuous work carried on in a working class discipline. And we keep carrying on our work to strengthen this base on an international level as well.
(03.05.2009) The most important thing with this year’s May 1 events in Turkey is the failure to organise a united mass demonstration in Istanbul due to disputes over venue. This meant wasting an opportunity to show a powerful working class response against crisis, unemployment and war in a massive and united way.
(20.04.2009) “Workers’ Solidarity Festival” organized by UID-DER with the slogan “Against Crisis and War - Forward to May 1” was held with great enthusiasm. Hundreds of working men and women from every age joined the festival in Tuzla Orhanlı Center of Culture. The attendance was so big that the 1000-seat capacity hall proved insufficient and many members of our association had to watch the event on foot giving their seats to the visitors.