Social Dialogue matters
Türk-Is was found in 1952 with the active support of the ICFTU (International Confederation of Free Trade Unions) which introduced and american style of trade unionism in Turkey. As a result, in 1964, Türk-Is declared that they were politically ‘parti üstünde’ (above the parties). Turk-Is therefore was always pragmatic in their defense of the workers rights.
Türk-Is is by far the largest union in Turkey and suffers from great internal differences. Some affiliated unions have a left of the centre political identity while others are known for their far-right political ideas. The most striking example is the metal workers unions Turk-Metal.
On the confederation level, Türk-Is therefore tries to keep itself low profile on touchy topics like religion and Kurdish rights.
Regarding the integration of Turey in the European Union, Türk-Is is officially in favour, yet according to Asp (2002), Türk-Is consistently fights the practical implications of EU inspired reforms and accuse other unions of treachery cause they accept money of the EU (Zeynep, 2009, p 14). With the resignation of Bayram Meral this period nevertheless seems to be finished.
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