Social Dialogue matters
Since some days now, massive demonstrations are held in a number of Turkish cities. The immediate cause is to be found in brutal police violence against demonstrators in Taksim Gezi Park. The demonstrators we’re trying to occupy the park in order to prevent the cutting of trees and the coming of a shopping mall on Taksim square. The police violence nevertheless caused a wave of protest and a massive mobilisation of citizens in multiple Turkish cities.
The two leftist Turkish labour union confederations supported the demonstrations and now openly aim to mobilize their members in demonstrations that are widely perceived as being directed against the AKP government.
KESK calls upon its members to strike both on the 4th and the 5th of June and is mobilizing its members in different Turkish cities such as Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara. The other large public sector union confederations, Memur-Sen & Kamu-Sen don’t join the strike on Wednesday.
DISK now calls for a general work stoppage on Wednesday the 5th of june at 13:00. They aim to gather at the DISK offices in Istanbul in order to march to the Taksim square afterwards. TMMOB (the chamber of engineers and architects) also gives support to the work stoppage. Hak-Is doesn’t join the strike but calls for ‘reason’. We further don’t have any news from the largest union confederation Türk-Is.
Publication date: June 4, 2013