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Mothers cry out: We are women, we are mothers, we stand for peace!

(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...

Working Women Gathered in UID-DER

(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...

Are Workers Destined to Pay the Bill of the Crisis?

(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...

Solidarity Message to Japanese Workers For 11 March Anti-Nuclear Action

(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...

Trade Unions and Legal Barriers to Getting Unionised

(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...

The System of Subcontracting: Wild Exploitation, Fatal Workplace Accidents!

(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...

A March in Honour of Worker Victims of Kozlu Mine

(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...

Şişecam Workers Show the Way: Fight and Win!

(10.01.2013) 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...

Who Will Benefit 2013 Budget and What Will Workers Get?

(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...

Collective Bargaining Negotiations in Metal Industry

(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...

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What is UİD-DER and What Does It Stand For?

(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,...