29 July 2010, Thursday

Labor ministry says UPS employer is unfair

This past week, the Istanbul regional office of Turkey Labor Ministry investigated a UPS worker’s request about severance pay, and decided that he deserved the severance pay under law.

While workers in Turkey can be justly fired by their employers for “bad faith,” without severance, the law prohibits employers from firing workers for union activity.

Inspectors investigated the request of Birol Gündüz, who was fired on May 13th, and decided that he deserved to be paid severance. Therefore, the Ministry found UPS fired Gündüz illegitimately. The Ministry’s decision says that there was no reasonable excuse for termination of his employment, so UPS has to pay him severance. Also, the decision says Gündüz can apply for his severance pay to UPS, and if it is not paid, Gündüz has the right to go to the Industrial Relations Court by means of the regional office, or by himself.

Thereby, with this decision, the Labor Ministry of Turkey has said that Birol Gunduz was fired without “just cause.” This decision will be strong evidence in the court for future hearings about the firings of UPS workers for union activity, and the decision will set a precedent for other investigations.

UPS CONTINUES FIRINGS OF WORKERS FOR UNION ACTIVITY

This past week, the Istanbul regional office of Turkey Labor Ministry investigated a UPS worker’s request about severance pay, and decided that he deserved the severance pay under law.

On July 7, UPS has brought in new subcontracted workers from Nokta Logistics, sparking a confrontation between fired workers and police at the Mahmutbey Transshipment Center picket line.

The new subcontracted workers have given UPS the capacity to illegally fire more TÜMTIS union members. On July 21, 5 more direct UPS employees were fired at the Mahmutbey Transshipment Center. By July 26, 8 more workers were fired at the Kurtkoy Transshipment Center in Istanbul. More union leaders are being fired because UPS is replacing them with new subcontracted workers.

İstanbul - Labour World