UN migration conference in Marrakech: What is at stake?

It is hoped The Conference will agree new measures to make life safer and more dignified for people on the move. The text of the agreement, formally known as the Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, agreed by Member States under the auspices of the UN General Assembly last July.


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Global Trade Union’s Rights Index 2017


One of the World’s 10 worst Countries for Workers is Turkey

⚒ Following the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016, trade unions and their members have been made public enemies. Over 100,000 public sector workers have lost their jobs in systematic purges by the Erdogan government, whilst others have been transferred or suspended.

⚒ Furthermore, trade union leaders and members have been
attacked, arrested and jailed, whilst marches and protests have
been banned or subjected to repressive policing in the aftermath of the coup. Similarly, freedom of movement for trade unionists in Turkey has also suffered in 2017.

⚒ During the whole month of February, acts of violence, arbitrary dismissal and detention took place in the country, aggravating the climate of tension and causing violence and uncertainty.

⚒ There has been a slight decrease in the number of recorded instances where the rights to free speech and public protest were repressed through the police and security services.

⚒ Threats and violence in retaliation for the exercise of freedom of association deprive workers of their rights and create a climate of fear that chills the exercise of that right by others.

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L’un des 10 pires pays pour travailleurs et travailleuses au monde est la Turquie


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Special Report:Turkey’s women take on gender-based violence.


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Türkiye’de yakın gelecekte mevcutlardan çok daha güçlü bir sendika hareketi başlatılacaktır..

 “A more radical militant union movement could emerge in Turkey in the near future.”


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When workers at UPS Parcels in Turkey opted to join Turkey’s TUMTIS road transport union, the company responded with a wave of intimidation and sackings. So far 160 workers have been dismissed, with no regard for the procedures foreseen in Turkish law. In July the conflict escalated even further when the manager of a sub-contractor fired shots outside the offices of a public notary in Izmir, where he had tried to force workers to resign their union membership. As the union prepares to meet an extremely hostile management for a second round of negotiations on 2 October, TUMTIS President Kenan Ozturk talks to the ITUC.


You have had one rather unsatisfactory meeting with management in September. What do you expect to happen at the 2 October meeting?

For a long time management refused to engage in any dialogue with TUMTIS. That first meeting was the culmination of a very long struggle, and without the work of the ITF in coordinating international solidarity it would not have been possible. At that first meeting on 21 September we did not make sufficient progress because Continue reading

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