27 April 2010, Tuesday

Labour Day

Confederations formed a common Labour Day declaration

Confederations of workers formed a common 1st of May manifestation. Common demands took place in the manifestation and “peace, liberty, democracy and life without exploitation coercion” was wished.

The common manifestation included Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions (DİSK), Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions (KESK), Confederation of Turkish Real Trade Unions (Hak-İş), Kamu-Sen and Memur-Sen. Confederations emphasized on solidarity for the rights and freedom against every kind of coercion. It was expressed that they would be all together in 1st of May, especially in Taksim and all other arenas for social justice, equality, independence and union rights. It was also wished that the demonstrations would be celebrated in peace that befitted the 1st of May, the day of international unity, struggle and solidarity of the workers.

The other point of the manifestation was the working conditions of the workers that were insecurity, flexibility and irregularity. It was emphasized that the workers were sentenced to this slavery system. Confederations asked for justice, equality, democracy and a new constitutional law that could provide these demands: “We want civil, democratic, libertarian and egalitarian constitutional law. We raise our voices for Turkey in which all workers could have the rights for strikes and collective bargaining. We would never give up on democracy and social state.”

Workers also listed their demands in the manifestation:  “We want perpetrators to be found and judged who were responsible for our losses in 1st of May, 1977, we want prevention for unemployment and freedom for organization, we want privatization to stop, we want social state to be more active, we do not want subcontracting and tax injustice, we don’t want our severance pay to be obstructed, we want them to hear worker’s voices!”

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